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Climate change and energy efficiency are important issues for Newfoundland and Labrador. In this section you'll find information to help you better understand these issues and the challenges and opportunities they present.

There are a wide variety of ways you can take action at home to save energy, cut waste and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Many of these actions will also save you money. Both inside and around your home, solutions are possible.

Taking action in your business can help tackle climate change, save energy and improve your competitiveness. Going green is more than a trend. Customers, suppliers and potential new employees are looking at how companies are performing on things like climate change. It pays to take action.

Our communities are the foundation for action on climate change and energy efficiency. They will experience the impacts of climate change, but can also drive solutions. Local governments and schools, in particular, can show leadership and help motivate action to tackle these challenges.

Local Governments

Schools

In Newfoundland and Labrador, transportation is responsible for over one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions. Moing people moving goods - it all uses energy. This section will help you understand how you can make a difference

Government recognizes that it has a unique role to play in tackling climate change and promoting energy efficiency. Its operations are extensive, and this provides an opportunity to find innovative solutions to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

We all have a role to play in tackling climate change and promoting energy efficiency and getting started is easier than you think. In this section we have created a one-stop-shop for the tools and resources to help you take action to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Intensity-Duration-Frequency Curves

Hurricane Igor

One of the most challenging parts of the Newfoundland and Labrador climate is dealing with heavy rain events. These events can place a serious strain on communities and, in some cases, drop too much rain for existing infrastructure to cope with.

Climate change presents a new challenge for communities as it's expected to cause an overall increase in the amount of rain expected to fall and the expectation is that these events will be fewer but more intense. These events could be related to hurricanes or tropical storms during the fall of the year, or just powerful seasonal storms that could occur any time.

There is an accepted engineering tool called "Intensity-Duration-Frequency" (IDF) curves that can help communities design their infrastructure to the expected rain events in the future. IDF curves are developed from historical information, or in some case forward-looking climate models, to predict future rain events. A visual guide on interpreting an IDF curve is provided below.

Interactive House

Explore our Energy Efficient Interactive Home

Tour our Interactive House for tips on how you can save energy and reduce waste.
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Carbon Calculators

Carbon Calculators

Calculate your carbon footprint to understand your greenhouse gas emissions and how to reduce them. Use the Carbon Calculators

What's New?

What's New

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Released its Fifth Assessment Report on November 2, 2014 Learn More.