The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador acknowledges that climate change is a serious environmental issue and that efforts are needed to stabilize and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Global climate change has become an international concern since the majority of scientists have concluded that human activities are leading to an increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs), and that this increase in gases is in fact impacting our global climate.
While GHGs help insulate the Earth and maintain a temperature that can sustain life, excessive amounts of these gases upset the natural balance in the atmosphere.
Released in 2005, the Provincial Climate Change Action Plan commits to working for and with Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of a warming global climate. Further to this commitment, the province is working to update this action plan and add emission targets. The Action Plan outlines 40 action items covering a broad spectrum of activities, including increasing energy efficiency within government operations, transportation, buildings and industry. As well, as increasing awareness around climate change causes and impacts, and adaptation to impacts.
The Office of Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Emissions Trading in Executive Council is the lead provincial department for climate change policy and strategy, while the Department of Environment and Conservation is the lead agency for climate change program development. Both of these groups work together to provide cohesive policy and programming for climate change.
Employees in both the Office and the Policy and Planning Division work with other provincial and federal government departments, non-governmental organizations and industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. Dedicated team members are available to provide further assistance.
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