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Our Climate, Our Future: Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Plan for Clean Growth

Updated: Feb 9, 2023

In November 2021, Nova Scotia passed the Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act, a list of 28 legislated climate goals focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, growing the green and circular economies, improving the health and sustainability of Nova Scotia's environment, and moving Nova Scotia toward clean and renewable energy. The Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act sets ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets:

  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 53% below 2005 levels by 2030

  • achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

As part of this effort, Nova Scotia has released Our Climate, Our Future: Nova Scotia's Climate Change Plan for Clean Growth, which outlines what government is doing to reach these 2030 and 2050 targets and foster clean inclusive growth for all Nova Scotians. The Plan is broken down into four sections,

1. Responding to climate impacts

  • Increasing access to climate data and information

  • Building capacity for planning and implementation

  • Minimizing climate impacts by restoring natural areas and ecosystems

2. Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions

  • Creating a clean electricity system

  • Reducing our demand for energy

  • Helping Nova Scotians get off home heating oil and reduce home heating costs

  • Fast-track the transition to net-zero and climate resilient buildings

  • Creating cleaner transportation options

3. Seizing Opportunities for a Cleaner Sustainable Economy

  • Building on and expanding partnerships with experts

  • Developing skills for the clean economy

  • Helping our communities take action on climate change

  • Supporting sustainable growth in innovative clean technologies and services

4. Reporting and Evaluating Progress

The Climate Change Plan builds on the efforts of the government, businesses, and communities across the province to support Nova Scotians and respond to the impacts of climate change.

For more information, see more of What Nova Scotia is Doing.

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