Big and Little Feet Provincial Profiles: New Brunswick
The School of Public Policy Publications, Volume 9:9, September 2017
11 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2017 Last revised: 10 Dec 2017
Date Written: September 28, 2017
This communiqué provides a summary of the production- and consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions accounts for New Brunswick, as well as their associated trade flows. It is part of a series of communiqués profiling the Canadian provinces and territories.1 In simplest terms, a production-based emissions account measures the quantity of greenhouse gas emissions produced in New Brunswick. In contrast, a consumption based emissions account measures the quantity of greenhouse gas emissions generated during the production process for final goods and services that are consumed in New Brunswick through household purchases, investment by firms and government spending. Trade flows refer to the movement of emissions that are produced in New Brunswick but which support consumption in a different province, territory or country (and vice versa). For example, emissions associated with the production of motor gasoline in New Brunswick that is exported to Quebec for sale are recorded as a trade flow from New Brunswick to Quebec. Moving in the opposite direction, emissions associated with the production of Nova Scotia natural gas that is sold to a New Brunswick utility and used to generate electricity for New Brunswick homes are recorded as a trade flow from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick. For further details on these results in a national context, the methodology for generating them and their policy implications, please see the companion papers to this communiqué series: (1) Fellows and Dobson (2017); and (2) Dobson and Fellows (2017).
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