On August 14, 2009, Nova Scotia issued the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulations under the province’s Environment Act, requiring certain electricity generators to make incremental emissions reductions between 2010 and 2020. Although the regulations apply to all generators in the province that emit more than 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, their effect will only be to limit emissions from Nova Scotia Power Inc., the province’s only operator of coal-fired generation. Nova Scotia Power is currently responsible for nearly 50% of the province’s GHG emissions. To date, Nova Scotia has not become a full member of any regional emissions trading regime, being an observer of, but not a partner in, the Western Climate Initiative.
For further information, please see “Greenhouse Gas, Air Pollutant Caps.”