Climate Change Strategy (2008)
Prince Edward Island's current climate change strategy was released in November 2008. The 47 action items put forward in the Strategy were designed to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, enhance carbon sinks, help people prepare for the impacts of climate change, and increase public awareness.
Government has made progress on these goals.
Greenhouse gas emissions in Prince Edward Island are almost 10 per cent lower than they were in 2008. Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have included:
- programs and incentives offered through the PEI Office of Energy Efficiency that help homeowners and businesses use less energy;
- increasing the generation of renewable electricity to 25 per cent of PEI’s electricity supply;
- heating government facilities with biomass (wood) systems (schools, hospitals, etc.); and
- promoting energy conservation among Island drivers by providing driving tips to improve fuel efficiency in the PEI Driver's Handbook;
Efforts to help prepare for climate change have also increased. Prince Edward Island, in partnership with the governments of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador are working with the Government of Canada to help Atlantic Canadians better prepare for, and adapt to, climate change. Through this partnership, called the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association (ACASA), projects on risks of erosion, flooding, and saltwater intrusion into drinking water supplies have been completed in a number of communities across Prince Edward Island. Local and provincial decision makers have also has the opportunity to participate in conferences, workshops and training opportunities.
Prince Edward Island is developing two new climate change strategies. The first strategy will focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation strategy) and will be released in 2016. The mitigation strategy is being developed alongside a new energy strategy for Prince Edward Island. The second strategy will focus on preparing for the impacts of climate change (adaptation strategy). The public will have an opportunity to participate in the development of both of these strategies.
Who can I contact for more information?
Erin Taylor (Manager, Climate Change and Agriculture Outreach)
Jones Building, 4th Floor
11 Kent Street
Charlottetown, PEI C1A 7N8
Telephone: (902) 368-6111
Fax: (902) 368-5830