FREDERICTON – An annual report tracking emissions from all sectors of the Canadian economy indicates New Brunswick continues to lead the country in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The province ranks first in Canada, having reduced emissions by 38 per cent between 2005 and 2022. Based on the 2024 National Inventory Report, emissions in 2005 were 20.1 megatonnes; by 2022 the figure was reduced to 12.5 megatonnes.

“Since 2007, New Brunswick has developed climate change action plans and related policies that are supporting our leadership in greenhouse gas reductions,” said Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Savoie. “With the expected successful implementation of our latest 2022 climate change action plan, we are on track to meet our 2030 emissions reduction target of 46 per cent.”

The province’s electricity sector was the greatest contributor to reducing emissions, having cut its emissions by 58 per cent between 2005 and 2022. Actions taken by NB Power included adding 352 megawatts of wind generation – including 38 megawatts of new Indigenous business-based wind energy – resulting in less use of fossil-fuelled generating stations; adding 20 megawatts of renewable energy from small-scale, locally owned generators; and the implementation of energy efficiency programs.

There are many ways individuals can reduce their carbon footprint, such as:

  • Reducing home energy consumption by purchasing energy-efficient appliances and enrolling in SaveEnergyNB programs.
  • Heating and cooling your home with efficient and renewable energy, such as heat pumps, geothermal and solar panels.
  • Making climate-smart transportation choices, such as walking, biking, public transit or carpooling.
  • Taking advantage of government incentives and purchasing a hybrid or electric vehicle, and charging your vehicle at home overnight during off-peak hours.
  • Purchasing local food and wasting less through planning meals, saving leftovers and composting what cannot be used.

More information about the government’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is available in the Climate Change Action Plan Progress Report.