Funding for Research and Development to Reduce Carbon Emissions

April 17th, 2023 | Halifax, Nova Scotia

News release from Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change

The Province is providing $3 million in new funding to Net Zero Atlantic for the research and development needed to help Nova Scotia meet its 2050 net-zero emissions target.

“Net Zero Atlantic is leading work to transition Atlantic Canada’s energy system to a carbon-neutral future,” said Environment and Climate Change Minister Timothy Halman. “Investing in research is a key strategy needed to achieve our goal of net zero by 2050. This investment will help Net Zero Atlantic bring more solutions from the lab to the marketplace and support our goal to make Nova Scotia a global leader in clean, renewable energy.”

Net Zero Atlantic will use the funding to deliver the Emerging Concepts and Technologies Research program – a new grant program that will support made-in-Nova Scotia solutions to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the province adopt new technologies.

The program will run for three years, with the first call for applications expected to be this summer.


We are focused on advancing a sustainable and inclusive transition to a carbon-neutral Atlantic Canada. With this important funding, we will foster collaboration among Nova Scotians to develop innovative solutions needed to reach the Province’s net-zero target while creating economic development possibilities locally and through export of Nova Scotian ideas.Alisdair McLean, Executive Director, Net Zero Atlantic

Quick Facts:

  • this funding advances actions 13 and 63 of Nova Scotia’s climate plan, specifically research on new processes that can improve natural carbon sinks – like soil and forests, which absorb carbon dioxide – and new clean technologies and practices
  • the plan outlines how the province will achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050
  • Nova Scotia’s greenhouse gas reduction target is 53 per cent below 2005 levels, the strongest in the country
  • Net Zero Atlantic is a non-profit organization with a mandate to lead applied research for projects that help transition Atlantic Canada’s energy system to a carbon-neutral future