There is a growing consensus that we must stop the planet from warming by 2 degrees C to avoid the most serious consequences of climate change. This objective requires industrialized countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25-30% below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80-90% below 1990 levels by 2050.
To achieve these targets we must transform the way we use and produce energy. This will necessarily require governments to implement energy policies which rapidly move us toward a low-carbon economy.
Leading environmental organizations in the four Atlantic provinces have created the Atlantic Canada Sustainable Energy Coalition to promote policies that will move us toward a low carbon economy that is ecologically sustainable and supportive of local economies. The following pages provide a roadmap to achieve deep greenhouse gas reductions while contributing to the economic development of our communities.