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Why climate change

New Brunswick carbon emissions

National Inventory Report (2016) showcasing greenhouse gas emissions per sector in Canada in 2016. 

Creating an efficient, resilient and sustainable UNB

Scientists describe climate change as one of the largest threats to humanity. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated in October 2018 that humans need to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees to limit risks of long-lasting and irreversible changes. To reach this limit, global net greenhouse gas emissions need to:

  • be reduced by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030
  • reach zero net emissions by 2050

To achieve this, global measures are required in all areas:

  • energy
  • transportation
  • industry
  • buildings
  • agriculture

Today's critical decisions ensure a safe and sustainable world, both for the present day and future generations.

UNB has a responsibility to demonstrate leadership

UNB recognizes that climate change is currently one of the most urgent and important issues faced by society. As an institution of higher education, UNB has a responsibility to demonstrate leadership through a commitment to reduce carbon emissions and to prepare and adapt to future climate related events.

By establishing a CCAP, UNB would be able to indicate emission baselines and targets in an attempt to mitigate the institution’s overall influence towards climate change.

Coping with upcoming challenges

Climate change is anticipated to impact Fredericton and Saint John with increased severe weather events, localized flooding and increased health concerns due to extreme heat.

The plan will outline adaptation strategies to cope with these expected upcoming challenges. The creation of a CCAP aligns closely with the University's Strategic Plan as it contributes to an exceptional transformative student experience, ensures financial resilience and responsibility, and works towards building a better university and province.