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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


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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Ministers Start Work on a Pan-Canadian Framework to Address Climate Change February 1, 2016

On January 28 and 29, 2016, Canada’s provincial, territorial, and federal Ministers of Environment and Climate Change met in Ottawa to begin work on a new national framework to address climate change. The Ministers’ discussions were in preparation for a meeting between Canada’s Prime Minister and Premiers on March 3, 2016 in Vancouver at which climate change will be a significant agenda item.

To find out more, read the Ministers’ joint statement, and the news release issued by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

March 1 is the deadline to apply for capital projects under FCM's Green Municipal Fund January 23, 2016

The Green Municipal Fund (GMF) is a unique program offered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) that provides funding and knowledge services to support sustainable community development. GMF-supported initiatives aim to improve air, water, and soil, and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Three types of municipal environmental initiatives are funded through the GMF by FCM:

  • Plans - Grants to develop plans (e.g. municipal plans, sustainable neighbourhood action plans, greenhouse gas reduction plans)
  • Studies - Grants to conduct feasibility studies and pilot projects
  • Projects - Low-interest loans, usually in combination with grants, to implement capital projects

March 1, 2016 is the deadline to submit an Initial Review Form for capital projects under the Spring 2016 program.

Funding is allocated in five sectors of municipal activity: brownfields, energy, transportation, waste and water. Some examples of previously funded capital projects that have addressed climate change and energy efficiency across Canada include:

For more information, or to apply for funding visit:http://www.fcm.ca/home/programs/green-municipal-fund.htm

Enter the "takeCHARGE of Your Town" Initiative January 8, 2016

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, more than $40,000 has been awarded to successful cities and towns through this initiative.

This year, a 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.

Last year, two winners were selected:

Town of Meadows

  • The Town of Meadows upgraded the heating and cooling systems and lighting in the Town’s recreation centre, and upgraded heating and cooling systems and lighting in the Town’s Fire Hall.

Town of Port au Choix

  • The Twin Town Sports Complex is in the process of upgrading the efficiency of the arena by adding controls on heaters and pumps that will save energy and save money.

The deadline for applications is February 14, 2016 (4:00pm), with the winner to be announced in March 2016. To find out more about the takeCHARGE of Your Town initiative and to submit a proposal, visit https://takechargenl.ca/news-events/town-challenge/.

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Ministers Start Work on a Pan-Canadian Framework to Address Climate Change. Learn More.