Atlantic Canada Sustainable Energy Coalition
The Atlantic Canada Sustainable Energy Coalition (ACSEC) is a strategic alliance of organizations aimed at promoting on-the-ground solutions to climate change in Atlantic Canada. Our focus is on educating decision-makers and empowering communities. The ultimate goal of the ACSEC is to ensure that Eastern Canada reduces greenhouse gas emissions to 25-30% below 1990 levels by 2020 through the promotion of empowered and prosperous communities engaged in a low-carbon energy future.
Key Objective of the ACSEC are to achieve ghg emission reductions through energy efficiency, improving building codes and reducing vehicle emission standards, and promoting distributed renewable energy.
The ACSEC is made up of the following organizations:
- Ecology Action Centre in Nova Scotia,
- Conservation Council of New Brunswick,
- Environmental Coalition of PEI, and
- Sierra Club Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, the ACSEC is encouraging the following initiatives:
- creating a provincial energy efficiency agency
- ramping up investment of utility revenues in energy efficiency
- decreasing emissions from the offshore oil and gas industry, a major contributor to ghg emissions in the province
Building Codes and Vehicle Emission Standards:
- establishing EnerGuide 80 as residential efficiency standard
- establishng a target between for 50% of all new buildings and homes to be net zero energy by 2015
- Implementing of California Vehicle Emission Standard
Enhancing the Role of Distributed Renewable Energy Sources
- establishing regional feed-in tariff laws aimed at encouraging small to medium size renewable energy and distributed generation sources (please see here for the Atlantic Canada Chapter's brief to regional leaders on feed-in tariffs)
- encouraging renewable energy in remote, rural communities
- creation of labour market strategies in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors
Please go here to see our Response to Newfoundland & Labrador Public Discussion Document: “Responding to Climate Change in Newfoundland & Labrador”
Howie Chong is the new National President of the Sierra Club Canada, and he is in Halifax this week to meet supporters, and to get input and ideas about organization priorities and direction.
He is here to introduce himself to members of the Sierra Club Atlantic, based in Halifax, and to encourage involvement and participation on important regional and national issues including: oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, opposition to fracking, and promoting renewable energy.
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You are invited to attend this important community event about our Gulf of St. Lawrence. Nova Scotia, particularly the North Shore, and western Cape Breton, is dependent on the Gulf for renewable jobs in tourism and the fishing industry. As residents, the Gulf is central to our way of life.
The Gulf of St. Lawrence is a semi-landlocked, inland sea and breeding area for over 2,000 marine species who spawn, nurse and migrate year around. Because the Gulf’s waters only exchange with the Atlantic once a year due to its counterclockwise currents, a spill could wash up on the coastlines of all five Atlantic provinces over the course of a year.... Read more »
PEI members of the Save our Seas and Shores Coalition (SOSS) are organizing a Quiet Walk for the Protection of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to be held on September 11 in conjunction with a meeting of the federal and provincial Ministers of Energy and Mines at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel, Charlottetown, PEI.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2012
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
MEET at the Confederation Landing Park Gazebo at 11:30 or JOIN the walk anytime between 11:30 and 1:30 on Water Street between Peake's Quay and the Delta Prince Edward Hotel, where federal and provincial Ministers of Energy will be meeting. We will walk single file on the sidewalk on Water St. to avoid keeping anyone from going about their business.... Read more »
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HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (July 24, 2012) - The Atlantic Canada Sustainable Energy Coalition (ACSEC) welcomes this week’s discussions of a Canadian Energy Strategy among Premiers as they gather in Halifax for the annual Council
of the Federation meeting – but stresses any national strategy must respect the Atlantic Provinces’ energy goals, not just Alberta’s.
“Alberta arrived at last year’s meeting of National Energy Ministers in Kananaskis with a very clear set of priorities for a Canadian Energy Strategy,” explained ACSEC’s Regional Coordinator Catherine Abreu. “The Atlantic Provinces must come to this week’s meeting prepared to push for a balanced plan that supports their transition to a low-carbon economy, reflects their leadership, and works to improve Atlantic Canadians’ energy security.”
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