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Energy and the Environment

The Atlantic provinces have a wealth of energy resources in terms of wind, tidal, hydro-electric, and nuclear power generation. Growth in energy production and the existence of significant unexploited renewable energy resources confirm that the region has the potential to become a world-class energy exporter. 

Through forums such as the Atlantic Energy Ministers and the NEG/ECP Northeast International Committee on Energy, the Atlantic provinces are exploring opportunities to integrate new energy developments and coordinate technical and regulatory efforts that will support increased trade in energy between Atlantic Canada and New England, which include:

  • participation in the development of new national Clean Air Regulations;
  • development of new renewable energy sources including hydro, wind, tidal and biofuels;
  • improved transmission infrastructure and interprovincial cooperation to increase the region's ability to balance intermittent sources of energy, and further reduce our dependence on electricity generated using fossil fuel;
  • development of capacity to export surplus renewable power to New England; and,
  • implementation of energy efficiency campaigns at the local level.

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Regionally, and within their respective jurisdictions, Atlantic ministers of environment continue to focus their discussions on the adverse effects of green house gas emissions (GHG). All Atlantic provinces continue to renew and implement action plans that will reduce the amount of GHGs and other harmful substances into our shared environment. Other efforts actively being pursued as a region include developmnet of recycling processes for products such as paint, engine oil and consumer electronics, increased restriction on the use of cosmetic pesticies, and common rules for the rehabilitation of contaminated or unused commercial land.

In April 2010, Atlantic environment ministers signed an $8 million contribution agreement with Natural Resources Canada to protect the Atlantic coastal communities for the effects of climate change by promoting knowledge sharing among Atlantic governments and stakeholders. Information on local projects can be obtained at http://www.atlanticadaptation.ca/

In addition, when the Conference of New England Governors and the Eastern Canadian Premiers released its Action Plan on Climate Change in 2001, the Atlantic provinces committed to working together and with the states and federal governments to develop strategies regarding climate change mitigation and adaptation.