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About the Office

Background

The Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (CCEE) is a central agency located in Executive Council that leads policy and strategy development on issues relating to climate change and energy efficiency. As a key part of this mandate, the Office works collaboratively with other departments and agencies to ensure climate change and energy efficiency are effectively integrated into policy development and decision making.

To guide action on climate change and energy efficiency, the Provincial Government released Charting Our Course: Climate Change Action Plan and Moving Forward: Energy Efficiency Action Plan in 2011. These Action Plans set out government’s strategic approach to climate change and energy efficiency. Together they contain 75 commitments that require action across 13 departments and agencies and impact every sector of the economy.

The plans demonstrate CCEE’s horizontal policy work and the importance of being located within a central agency to work across government to ensure that climate change and energy efficiency are appropriately considered in policy and strategy development. It is important to note that CCEE does not have responsibility for the delivery and implementation of programs and services which fall within the mandates of line departments, such as Environment and Conservation, Natural Resources, Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Transportation and Works.

CCEE also works actively at the officials’ level with the Federal Government, other provinces and territories, industry and other stakeholders on policy matters related to climate change and energy efficiency. CCEE seeks to identify new opportunities to take the province forward on climate change and energy efficiency, and assesses the implications for the province of developments that may occur regionally, nationally or internationally.

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Mandate

The mandate of the Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency is:

  • To advance sustained action on climate change and energy efficiency that effectively balances economic and environmental considerations, including deepening public awareness, understanding and engagement.
  • To undertake focused research and analysis to enable the province to maximize opportunities and minimize risks from the impacts of climate change and the move towards a lower-carbon global economy.
  • To work with departments to better integrate climate change and energy efficiency considerations into their current and future programs, services, legislation and regulations, and ensure effective coordination across government.
  • To advance the province’s interests and priorities in regional, national and international forums on climate change and energy efficiency, and engage external stakeholders to deepen and widen government’s dialogue on next steps.

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Lines of Business

The Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency has four lines of business:

  • Policy and Strategy Development
  • Promoting Government-wide Action
  • Strengthening the Evidence Base
  • Representing the Province in Intergovernmental Forums and Engaging External Stakeholders

Policy and Strategy Development

CCEE has lead responsibility within government for policy and strategy development on climate change and energy efficiency. This includes analyzing the implications of different policy approaches to achieve government’s greenhouse gas reduction and energy efficiency targets and desired outcomes; identifying the impacts of climate change and economic opportunities for the province; assessing the implications of national and international developments for the province; overseeing delivery of the 75 commitments in the Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Actions Plans owned by 13 different entities including CCEE (which is responsible for 17 commitments); and leading efforts to engage the public.

Promoting Government-Wide Action

CCEE provides specialist knowledge and expertise to strengthen departments’ understanding of climate change and energy efficiency, and help them integrate these issues into their ongoing operations, programs, legislation, and regulations. CCEE aims to drive action across government and ensure that government takes a coordinated approach to the opportunities and challengesto help ensure resources are directed to where they will have the most impact.

Strengthening the Evidence Base

CCEE has lead responsibility within government for research, data and analysis on climate change and energy efficiency. For example, CCEE leads the development of provincial greenhouse gas projections; studies the impact of different carbon prices on the provincial economy; deepens understanding of how the province may be impacted by climate change and what can be done to improve resilience; and reviews economic and energy models to better understand the relationship between investments in energy efficiency, energy consumption and economic activity.

Representing the Province in Intergovernmental Forums and Engaging External Stakeholders

CCEE represents the province’s interests in regional, national and international forums on climate change and energy efficiency. CCEE has an extensive network of contacts in other jurisdictions which it actively engages to advance the province’s policy objectives. CCEE also engages external stakeholders to help inform policy analysis and guide the implementation of commitments, including large industry, the electrical utilities, industry associations, academia, non-government organizations and other governments such as municipal governments and the Nunatsiavut Government.

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Staff

Name Position Phone Number
Jackie Janes Assistant Deputy Minister (709) 729-7971
Gerald Crane Director of Research and Analysis (709) 729-0379
Bill Kennedy Director of Government Relations (709) 729-7955
Vacant Manager, Planning and Accountability (709) 729-3215
Patricia King Manager, Risk Mitigation (709) 729-1485
Stacey Cheater Policy and Program Development Specialist (709) 729-0975
Amanda Hannaford Policy and Program Development Specialist (709) 729-1394
Elaine Clarke Administrative Assistant (709) 729-1210

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