Climate Change Strategy
PEI's Climate Change Strategy was released in November 2008. The 47 action items put forward in the Strategy were designed to:
Government continues to implement many of these action items. The more noteable to date include:
Energy Efficiency and Conservation - The Office of Energy Efficiency developed a number of programs to help homeowners and businesses use less energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So far, over $7.5 million has been provided for this work.
Renewable Energy - PEI is now generating 20% (174 MW) of its energy needs using the wind (a renewable source of energy). This number is espected to reach 30% (204 MW) by the end of 2013. Biomass (wood) systems are now heating seven large government facilities (schools, hospitals, etc.) across the province. Recent contracts will see similar heating systems established in another 13 facilities.
Transportation - Fuel efficiency standards have been modified and included in Government's Treasury Board Policy and Procedures Manual. These standards require that Government vehicles, weighing 1 ton or less, be better on fuel than at least 70% of similar vehicles in the same class. To promote energy conservation among Island drivers, especially young people, driving tips to improve fuel efficiency have been added to the PEI Driver's Handbook.
Adaptation - Government is also examining PEI's vulnerability to a variety of climate change impacts, in particular coastal erosion and coastal flooding. As a part of the 2009-2012 Atlantic Regional Adaptation Program (RAC), case studies were undertaken in the communities of Mt. Stewart, North Rustico, Souris/Souris West, and Victoria. New coastal developments continue to be assessed for potential shoreline erosion and flood risks.
Under the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association (ACASA), governments in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland/Labrador are working with the Government of Canada to help Atlantic Canadians better prepare for, and adapt to, climate change. The Association will explore and promote adaptation initiatives in PEI and across Atlantic Canada.
Finally, Government is working to develop awareness of appropriate climate change adaptation options using presentations, training workshops, and conferences.