The province continues to be recognized as a national leader in energy efficiency.
Nova Scotia moved up in rank, from fourth to third place nationally, in Efficiency Canada’s second annual Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard.
The study, released today, Nov. 17, ranked Nova Scotia best in Canada for electricity savings and third nationally for the highest heating fuel savings. Efficiency Nova Scotia was commended for consistently achieving high levels of savings.
“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, supporting green job growth and helping Nova Scotians reduce their energy bills helps in fighting climate change, and I’m thrilled that our efforts are reflected in Efficiency Canada’s ranking,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette. “Our commitment to remain a national leader in reducing emissions will not waver.”
Nova Scotia also received acclaim for its inclusive low-income and indigenous energy efficiency programs, municipal finance policies and an increasingly clean electricity grid which prepares the province to transition to electric transportation and heating. Nova Scotia has also set the most ambitious climate change goals in Canada.
Last year Nova Scotia set a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions goal and the province has all the pieces to achieve it – including an energy efficiency utility with strong performance, a large number of energy savings professionals and the opportunity to electrify transportation and heating as more renewables come onto the electricity grid. Brendan Haley, policy director, Efficiency Canada
We are proud of Nova Scotia ranking third in Canada related to energy efficiency policies and outcomes. This jump up to third place really highlights the continued efforts of EfficiencyOne to deliver innovative energy efficiency programs and the commitment of Nova Scotia’s residents and businesses, who have embraced energy efficiency as we work to help Nova Scotia achieve its climate and sustainability goals. Stephen MacDonald, CEO, EfficiencyOne
- over the next three years, Nova Scotia will invest nearly $120 million in programs that reduce emissions and fight climate change
- government is investing $25 million in deep energy efficiency retrofits in Mi’kmaq homes and public housing units across the province
- 16,000 low-income Nova Scotians received free energy efficiency upgrades since 2007
- more than 370 businesses and over 2,000 people now work in Nova Scotia’s energy efficiency industry
- renewable energy use in Nova Scotia has more than tripled over the past 10 years, and by next year, it will double again
- by 2030, the province’s emissions will be 53 per cent below 2005 levels and will be at net-zero by 2050