Nova Scotia and government partner to lower greenhouse gas emissions

2 August 2019 (Last Updated August 2nd, 2019 12:50)

The Government of Canada has entered a federal-provincial agreement with the Province of Nova Scotia to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

The Government of Canada has entered a federal-provincial agreement with the Province of Nova Scotia to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). As part of the agreement, federally owned facilities in Nova Scotia will be powered by renewable electricity.

Through this initiative, Nova Scotia aims to reduce the levels of GHG from electricity used in federal buildings in the province including the national defence buildings such as Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax and CFB Greenwood.

The federal buildings currently account for nearly 70% of the federal government’s electrical consumption in the province. The agreement will help in ensuring all federal buildings in Nova Scotia use 100% clean electricity by 2025.

Province of Nova Scotia Minister of Energy and Mines Derek Mombourquette said: “Nova Scotia is a national leader in fighting climate change.

“This investment will mean we can add more clean energy to our grid, support jobs, create opportunities for businesses to grow, and protect the environment for future generations.”

With this new agreement in place, renewable energy projects will be established through an open, transparent and fair procurement process. This will help generate additional clean electricity for federally owned facilities in Nova Scotia.

The Canadian Government has committed to using 100% clean electricity in all federal buildings by 2025.

Canada Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility Carla Qualtrough said: “Our government’s collaboration with the Province of Nova Scotia is a great example of how we can work together to achieve goals that help make our environment cleaner and healthier for all Canadians while building a greener economy.

“This partnership will ensure a fair rate for the long-term supply of clean electricity for federal buildings, set the stage for a sustainable clean energy model for the future, and leverage partnerships with Indigenous Peoples on clean electricity solutions.”

Currently, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is engaged in finding clean electricity solutions for federal buildings in the Atlantic Region.