Atlantic Canada Sustainable Energy Coalition

The Atlantic Canada Sustainable Energy Coalition (ACSEC) is a strategic alliance of organizations aimed at promoting on-the-ground solutions to climate change in Atlantic Canada. Our focus is on educating decision-makers and empowering communities. The ultimate goal of the ACSEC is to ensure that Eastern Canada reduces greenhouse gas emissions to 25-30% below 1990 levels by 2020 through the promotion of empowered and prosperous communities engaged in a low-carbon energy future.

Key Objective of the ACSEC are to achieve ghg emission reductions through energy efficiency, improving building codes and reducing vehicle emission standards, and promoting distributed renewable energy.

The ACSEC is made up of the following organizations:

  • Ecology Action Centre in Nova Scotia,
  • Conservation Council of New Brunswick,
  • Environmental Coalition of PEI, and
  • Sierra Club Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter in Newfoundland and Labrador.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the ACSEC is encouraging the following initiatives:

Energy Efficiency:

  • creating a provincial energy efficiency agency
  • ramping up investment of utility revenues in energy efficiency
  • decreasing emissions from the offshore oil and gas industry, a major contributor to ghg emissions in the province

Building Codes and Vehicle Emission Standards:

Enhancing the Role of Distributed Renewable Energy Sources

  • establishing regional feed-in tariff laws aimed at encouraging small to medium size renewable energy and distributed generation sources (please see here for the Atlantic Canada Chapter's brief to regional leaders on feed-in tariffs)
  • encouraging renewable energy in remote, rural communities

Green Jobs

  • creation of labour market strategies in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors

Please go here to see our Response to Newfoundland & Labrador Public Discussion Document: “Responding to Climate Change in Newfoundland & Labrador”




What I Would Have Said

It's been a few nights since Nova Scotia's independent fracking review passed through Halifax, addressing a frustrated and distrusting crowd of concerned citizens. These brave PhDs stood before hundreds of people and presented some unpopular conclusions...on an even less popular topic.

Fracking - the controversial process of fracturing shale rock deep underground using a toxic mixture of chemicals in order to retrieve bubbles of natural gas. We've become a profoundly desperate people, haven't we?

The public meeting was held in a lecture hall at King's College. Some people from the audience spoke out of turn, while others simply shouted over the panelists trying to deliver their findings. I was caught between sympathy for the panelists and stark agreeance with the hecklers.... Read more »

New National Sierra Club President in Halifax on Heels of Protests in Washington

February 19, 2013

Howie Chong is the new National President of the Sierra Club Canada, and he is in Halifax this week to meet supporters, and to get input and ideas about organization priorities and direction.


He is here to introduce himself to members of the Sierra Club Atlantic, based in Halifax, and to encourage involvement and participation on important regional and national issues including: oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, opposition to fracking, and promoting renewable energy.

 ... Read more »

Keep It Blue: Protecting Our Gulf from Oil Drilling

You are invited to attend this important community event about our Gulf of St. Lawrence.  Nova Scotia, particularly the North Shore, and western Cape Breton, is dependent on the Gulf for renewable jobs in tourism and the fishing industry. As residents, the Gulf is central to our way of life. 

The Gulf of St. Lawrence is a semi-landlocked, inland sea and breeding area for over 2,000 marine species who spawn, nurse and migrate year around. Because the Gulf’s waters only exchange with the Atlantic once a year due to its counterclockwise currents, a spill could wash up on the coastlines of all five Atlantic provinces over the course of a year.... Read more »

Quiet Walk for the Protection of the Gulf

PEI members of the Save our Seas and Shores Coalition (SOSS) are organizing a Quiet Walk for the Protection of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to be held on September 11 in conjunction with a meeting of the federal and provincial Ministers of Energy and Mines at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel, Charlottetown, PEI.


11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

MEET at the Confederation Landing Park Gazebo at 11:30 or JOIN the walk anytime between 11:30 and 1:30 on Water Street between Peake's Quay and the Delta Prince Edward Hotel, where federal and provincial Ministers of Energy will be meeting. We will walk single file on the sidewalk on Water St. to avoid keeping anyone from going about their business.... Read more »

Atlantic Canada Must Unite on Energy, Show National Leadership

July 27, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                                                                               
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