The Office of Climate Change (OCC) 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 OCC’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 OCC 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.
OCC 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. OCC 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.
The mandate of the Office of Climate Change is:
The Office of Climate Change has four lines of business:
OCC 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 OCC (which is responsible for 17 commitments); and leading efforts to engage the public.
OCC 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. OCC 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.
OCC has lead responsibility within government for research, data and analysis on climate change and energy efficiency. For example, OCC 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.
OCC represents the province’s interests in regional, national and international forums on climate change and energy efficiency. OCC has an extensive network of contacts in other jurisdictions which it actively engages to advance the province’s policy objectives. OCC 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.
|Jackie Janes||Assistant Deputy Minister||(709) 729-7971|
|Gerald Crane||Director of Research and Analysis||(709) 729-0379|
|Jennifer Forristall-Prim||Manager, Risk Mitigation||(709) 729-1485|
|Kyle Robar||Policy and Program Development Specialist||(709) 729-1394|
|Elaine Clarke||Administrative Assistant||(709) 729-1210|