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Transportation and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency identifies ‘transportation’ as the next largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Newfoundland and Labrador behind industry. With the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project coming online in 2018, 98% of power consumed in Newfoundland and Labrador will be generated by renewable energy sources. This presents an opportunity for Newfoundland and Labrador to decrease greenhouse gas emissions through the electrification of transportation infrastructure; shifting energy consumption from fossil fuels will have environmental benefits while an increasing demand in electricity will simultaneously have a positive effect on government revenues. Where electrification is not feasible, transitioning to biofuels can have significant environmental advantages and benefit other industries which produce by-products appropriate for refinement.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to lead by example by transitioning its fleet of vehicles and those of its crown agencies to electric technology.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to continue to support electric vehicle infrastructure development through the strategic installation of charging stations and technician training.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to support municipalities in decision-making regarding fleet and public transportation transformation towards electric technology.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to provide incentives for consumers and businesses to invest in electric vehicles, and implement dis-incentives for the purchase and/or operation of less efficient vehicles.

  • Action Recommended:
    As per the 2011 Report “An Analysis of the Economic Development Opportunities Associated with the Green Economy in Newfoundland & Labrador”, Newfoundland and Labrador to develop and implement a liquid bio-fuels strategy which identifies the most promising pathways for bio-fuels production and opportunities to grow the local market.




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