26 Sep Your Liberal government is putting the environment first
Our province is a leader in the fight against climate change, but we know Nova Scotians want to do more. That’s why, on the first day of the fall legislative sitting, your Liberal government introduced a ban on single-use plastic checkout bags and called an emergency debate on climate change.
“Nova Scotians are already leaders in protecting the environment and they want us to do more,” said Gordon Wilson, Minister of Environment. “We agree, it’s time to move forward. This ban will help keep plastic out of our landfills, our waterways and our environment.”
Nova Scotia’s population is up, youth retention is up, unemployment is down, and we have tabled four consecutive balanced budgets. Your Liberal government knows we can grow the economy while protecting the environment and believes the two can co-exist. In fact, we believe the two must co-exist.
“We are listening to Nova Scotians and working with them to continue growing our economy while taking care of the environment,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Nova Scotians have told us they’re concerned about the environment, and having a consistent approach on plastic bags province-wide is one of the steps we’re taking to address those concerns.”
Thanks to the hard work of Nova Scotians, we have already surpassed the federal government’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels. So, we’ve set one of the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction rates in the country – 45% to 50% below 2005 levels by 2030.
We’re proud of our record. Here are some more facts you can also be proud of:
- Nova Scotia is the first province to require energy-efficient LED streetlights
- We’re second best in Canada for wind power generation per capita
- Nova Scotia is the national leader in waste reduction
- Since 2008, programs through Efficiency Nova Scotia have reduced energy demand by 11%
- 30% of electricity generated from Jan-June 2019 came from renewable sources
- Energy efficiency efforts have helped Nova Scotians save $180 million a year on their energy bills
- 1 in 4 households in Nova Scotia have installed heat pumps and over 60,000 homes have reduced their reliance on oil
Learn more about what we’re doing and how you can help at climatechange.novascotia.ca