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Climate change and energy efficiency are important issues for Newfoundland and Labrador. In this section you'll find information to help you better understand these issues and the challenges and opportunities they present.

There are a wide variety of ways you can take action at home to save energy, cut waste and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Many of these actions will also save you money. Both inside and around your home, solutions are possible.

Taking action in your business can help tackle climate change, save energy and improve your competitiveness. Going green is more than a trend. Customers, suppliers and potential new employees are looking at how companies are performing on things like climate change. It pays to take action.

Our communities are the foundation for action on climate change and energy efficiency. They will experience the impacts of climate change, but can also drive solutions. Local governments and schools, in particular, can show leadership and help motivate action to tackle these challenges.

Local Governments

Schools

In Newfoundland and Labrador, transportation is responsible for over one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions. Moing people moving goods - it all uses energy. This section will help you understand how you can make a difference

Government recognizes that it has a unique role to play in tackling climate change and promoting energy efficiency. Its operations are extensive, and this provides an opportunity to find innovative solutions to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

We all have a role to play in tackling climate change and promoting energy efficiency and getting started is easier than you think. In this section we have created a one-stop-shop for the tools and resources to help you take action to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Your source for new events and information on climate change and energy efficiency.

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Quebec Climate Change Summit April 17, 2015

Provincial and territorial leaders from across Canada met in Quebec City on April 14 to reaffirm their commitment to tackle climate change. All leaders, except those from Alberta, PEI and Nova Scotia, participated, including Premier Davis. Alberta and PEI were unable to attend due to elections and Nova Scotia was represented at the Ministerial level.

Those jurisdictions represented at the Summit issued a Declaration that recognized:

  • Significant cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions are needed to avoid dangerous impacts.
  • The impacts of climate change can affect the economy, people and plants and animals, and northern regions are particularly vulnerable.
  • It is cheaper to take action to reduce emissions than to deal with the adverse impacts of climate change.
  • There are economic opportunities associated with the move to a lower-carbon economy, including job creation and technological innovation in areas such as energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • Provinces and territories have a responsibility to take action and it is important to strengthen cooperation across Canada.

Read the full declaration from the Quebec Climate Change summit.

takeCHARGE Instant Rebates (April 1 - May 31, 2015) April 1, 2015

From April 1 to May 31, 2015, the takeCHARGE program is offering instant rebates on the purchase of select energy-efficient products for your home. Products include ENERGY STAR® lighting and fixtures, motion sensors, dimmer switches and timers, as well as smart power strips, high-performance showerheads and ENERGY STAR® dehumidifiers.

Check out the flyer below for more information on the available rebates and visit the takeCHARGE website for a list of participating retailers.

Instant Rebate Poster

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians Encouraged to Participate in Earth Hour 2015 March 26, 2015

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Dan Crummell, Minister of Environment and Conservation and Minister Responsible for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency:

Mr. Crummell: "Newfoundlanders and Labradorians Encouraged to Participate in Earth Hour 2015

Mr. Speaker, I rise today as the Minister Responsible for the Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency to encourage residents throughout the province to participate in Earth Hour 2015.

Earth Hour is an international event organized by the World Wildlife Fund to demonstrate the importance of taking action on climate change. The event first took place in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, and has since grown to be one of the largest grassroots environmental initiatives in the world. Each year, millions of people from more than 162 countries and territories participate in the event.

Mr. Speaker, to participate in Earth Hour 2015, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians must turn off all non-essential lighting on March 28 for one hour between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., local time. By switching off our lights, we are raising awareness about climate change, which is one of the most significant challenges facing the world today. Climate change is having a substantial effect on areas throughout the world and minimizing this impact requires taking global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador recognizes that climate change is a shared challenge and we have committed to being a part of the solution. The province came within 0.4 per cent of meeting its target to return provincial greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2010. This was a significant achievement given that our economy grew by 65 per cent over the same period. In September 2014, we released a mid-way progress report for our 2011 Climate Change Action Plan. This report showed that 64 of the 75 commitments contained in the plan are completed or underway, including the award-winning Turn Back the Tide campaign.

And while these achievements demonstrate the Provincial Government’s dedication to tackling climate change, as individuals, we all have a part to play as well. Participating in Earth Hour is just one way to do so. I encourage everyone to learn more about Earth Hour 2015 by visiting earthhour.org and for further information on taking action on climate change in Newfoundland and Labrador, please visit our website turnbackthetide.ca.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker."

The official press release can be found here:
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2015/exec/0326n05.aspx

Deadline Extended for the HotShots Contest for Grades 7-12 March 26, 2015

New Deadline for Entries: May 15, 2015

CONTEST DETAILS:
This contest requires students to creatively communicate messages about saving energy to their peers. Students must explain why saving energy is important in a way that will inspire other students to take action. Entries can be from an individual or a group of up to five students. Entries should be creative, informative and fun, and could be a video, book, song, poster or other creative medium.

PRIZES:
There will be three grand prize winners. Each winner will receive one iPad for each member of their group and 10 iPads for their school!

ELIGIBILITY:

  • The contest is open to all students of grades 7-12 in public schools in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Entries may be submitted by individual students or groups of up to five students.
  • Each individual or group may enter only once.
  • Entries must be submitted to the contact information below. Please include your school name and location, along with the name of each student in the group and their grade level.

CRITERIA FOR JUDGING:

  • Appearance and creativity
  • Accuracy of the message
  • Effectiveness (interesting and appealing to the audience)

SUBMITTING ENTRIES:
Submit Entries to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s NL A1B 4K7
climatechange@gov.nl.ca
709-729-1210

Upcoming Event: Home Show 2015 March 20, 2015

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The 32nd annual Home Show will be held at Mile One Centre in St. John's on March 21 and 22. This event is hosted each year by the Canadian Home Builders' Association - Newfoundland and Labrador (CHBA-NL). It provides an opportunity to learn about new trends in home building and renovations, while seeking helpful advice through face-to-face interaction with experts in the industry.

Building upon the success from last year's show, the CHBA-NL is once again partnering with the Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and takeCHARGE to offer the Energy Efficiency Pavilion. Visit the pavilion to find tips and advice on increasing your home's energy efficiency and check out the pavilion's new Kid Zone, which offers activities to teach children about the importance of saving energy.

Date & Time:
Saturday, March 21, 2015 (10:00am - 8:00pm)
Sunday, March 22, 2015 (10:00am - 4:00pm)

Cost:
$8 - General Admission
$7 - Seniors
Free - Children under 12 accompanied by an adult

Contest Winners: Students Prove They're HotShots at Energy Conservation March 19, 2015

Provincial Government Funds Rebates for Installation of Electric Vehicle (EV) Chargers March 13, 2015

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has provided $52,000 to Green Rock Electric Vehicle Solutions (Green Rock EVS) to provide rebates for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in Newfoundland and Labrador. Through this funding support, Green Rock EVS is able to provide rebates on the installation of 19 new charging stations – 5 for residential and 14 for private commercial and public entities. Individuals and private commercial entities can apply to receive a 50% rebate (up to a maximum of $1,000 and $2,500, respectively) and public entities can apply for a rebate of up to 80% (up to a maximum of $4000).

The programs are administered by Green Rock EVS and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested participants should contact Green Rock EVS by March 31, 2015.

For more information, visit www.greenrockevs.com

Climate Change Curriculum Connections: Environmental Science 3205 March 3, 2015

Bringing online resources into the classroom is an excellent way to engage students in interesting topics while meeting curriculum outcomes.

The Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, in collaboration with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, recently released "Climate Change Curriculum Connections" - a new document for teachers of Environmental Science 3205.

This document links online resources about climate change to specific curriculum outcomes for unit five of Environmental Science 3205, titled "The Atmosphere and the Environment." It was developed to ensure teachers are equipped with the most up-to-date information on climate change, which is crucial to ensure students understand the importance of the issue and the pressing need to take action.

The resources included in the document range from videos and infographics, to case studies and interactive tools. All resources come from authoritative sources, such as NASA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To ensure local information is included, several resources are also taken from the Turn Back the Tide website.

Download a copy of Climate Change Curriculum Connections (PDF). PDF

At part of the Provincial Government's HotShots initiative, curriculum connections focusing on energy efficiency are also available for the electricity units of Grade 6 and 9 Science. PDF

Canada in a Changing Climate: Sector Perspectives on Impacts and Adaptation February 6, 2015

The Government of Canada recently released a report entitled "Canada in a Changing Climate: Sector Perspectives on Impacts and Adaptation". The report was developed by Natural Resources Canada with input from over 90 authors and 115 expert reviewers. It synthesizes over 1500 recent publications and compiles the most up-to-date science on climate change impacts and adaptation in Canada.

The report found that there are already observed changes to the climate in Canada, which are impacting the natural environment, numerous economic sectors, as well as public health. In addition, extreme weather events are expected to increase in intensity and frequency, putting a strain on infrastructure across the country. The report concludes that adaptation is a necessary response to the impacts of climate change, as reducing greenhouse gases alone will not eliminate climate risk. The report also concludes that, through adaptation, risks associated with climate change can become opportunities and opportunities can deliver benefits.

To learn more about the impacts of climate change on Canada, and how we can improve our resilience to those impacts through adaptation, visit: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/environment/resources/publications/impacts-adaptation/reports/assessments/2014/16309

Provincial Government Releases Greening Government Action Plan January 21, 2015

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Dan Crummell, Minister Responsible for the Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency:

Mr. Speaker, I am delighted to rise today as the Minister Responsible for the Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency to announce the release of a new action plan to create a culture of environmental sustainability within government's own operations.

In 2011, our government released strategic frameworks for taking action on climate change and energy efficiency in Newfoundland and Labrador. Progress on these important issues requires action by all, and it is critical that government continues to demonstrate strong leadership.

Mr. Speaker, the Greening Government Action Plan outlines 46 commitments across five strategic objectives. These objectives are:

  • Increasing waste diversion;
  • Improving the sustainability of government buildings;
  • Integrating green considerations into transportation decisions;
  • Increasing the procurement of environmentally preferable products and services; and
  • Effectively engaging employees on each of these issues.

There are many benefits to improving the environmental sustainability of our operations, Mr. Speaker. Saving energy has the potential to lower operating costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which is an important step in addressing climate change. Additionally, increasing the demand for environmentally preferable products and services can generate new business opportunities in the province.

Mr. Speaker, the Greening Government Action Plan builds upon the significant steps we have already taken towards improving the environmental sustainability of our operations. Actions to date include ensuring new government buildings are constructed to meet environmental standards, transforming our fleet to include 34 per cent fuel-efficient vehicles, and developing guidance to integrate green considerations into procurement.

I look forward to the implementation of this action plan across government, Mr. Speaker, as we continue to take practical steps to improve the environmental sustainability of our operations. Mr. Speaker, I will table this report for my Honourable colleagues. The report is also available online.

Thank You

Provincial Government Releases Greening Government Action Plan

Enter the "takeCHARGE of Your Town" Initiative January 19, 2015

The "takeCHARGE of Your Town" initiative is aimed at encouraging residents and municipalities across Newfoundland and Labrador to reduce their energy use. Over the past four years, a total of more than $25,000 has been provided to cities and towns as a result of this initiative.

This year, one grant of $7,500 is available to be won. The "takeCHARGE of Your Town" initiative is currently inviting municipalities to submit proposals that will support efforts in their community to promote energy conservation or efficiency. Proposals must demonstrate a positive effort to save energy that benefits the entire community. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to, energy efficiency upgrades to a town hall or municipal building.

The current deadline for applications is January 30, 2015 (4:00pm). Find out more about submitting a proposal.

Contests for K-12 Students Promote Energy Conservation January 6, 2015

As part of the new HotShots initiative, the Provincial Government has partnered with takeCHARGE to offer two contests about energy conservation for students in Newfoundland and Labrador:

K-I-C START Contest (Grades K-6)

Deadline: January 30, 2015

To enter the K-I-C Start contest, students must explain why saving energy is important and how they can save energy. Entries are a classroom effort. Individual classes must design an entry that is creative, informative and fun. A class can film a short video, write a book, record a song or design a poster. Only your imagination limits you!

Prizes: There will be three grand prize winners of five iPads and multiple winners of two iPads. The prizes will be awarded at the classroom level.

HotShots Contest (Grades 7-12)

Deadline: April 2, 2015
This contest requires students to creatively communicate messages about saving energy to their peers. Students must explain why saving energy is important in a way that will inspire other students to take action. Entries can be from an individual or a group of up to five students. Entries should be creative, informative and fun, and could be a video, book, song, poster or other creative medium.

Prizes: There will be three grand prize winners. Each winner will receive one iPad for each member of their group and 10 iPads for their school!

Find out more information on entering the contests!

Quick Facts about HotShots:

HotShots was launched in October 2014 to raise awareness about the importance of energy conservation among students in Newfoundland and Labrador. As part of this initiative:

  • All 263 public schools in the province have received resource packs with information about where energy comes from in Newfoundland and Labrador, the benefits of saving energy, and how students can reduce the amount of energy they use
  • A new curriculum-based website was launched for teachers, with all resources and information available in both English and French
  • 140 classes across the province have received interactive presentations about the importance of saving energy

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What's New?

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Provincial and territorial leaders from across Canada met in Quebec City on April 14 to reaffirm their commitment to tackle climate change.Learn More.