Well this is good news.

Two Canadian provinces have already hit a national target for reducing their annual greenhouse gas emissions, 13 years ahead of schedule, according to new federal research.

The analysis, completed by the National Energy Board (NEB), found that both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick had reduced annual emissions of heat-trapping pollution by 30 per cent below 2005 levels.

GHG, greenhouse gas emissions, NEB, Nova Scotia, New BrunswickNovia Scotia and New Brunswick have already hit the 30 per cent target for greenhouse gas emission reduction. Graphic courtesy of the National Energy Board

It turns out that replacing coal and fossil fuels with renewables really does make a difference.

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario made progress by adopting policies that encouraged a transition to greener energies, says the NEB. Coal and oil-fired power energy has been increasingly replaced with renewable energy sources such as wind generation.

The closure of Nova Scotia’s Dartmouth refinery, a coal-fired power plant at Grand Lake and the oil-fired plant at Dalhousie in the Maritime provinces contributed to the GHG emission reduction. Similar closures were seen in Ontario where a reduction on reliance on coal drove greenhouse gas emissions down from 31 to 5 MT in 10 years.

Now if only we could convince Albert to stop growing its emissions.

Read more about Two provinces have already hit Canada's 2030 climate change target, NEB says at The National Observer