The Government of the Northwest Territories recognizes that it has a responsibility to contribute to Canada's efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and is committed to working with governments and organizations to develop an equitable approach to Canada's international commitment under the Kyoto protocol. A made-in-the-NWT Greenhouse Gas Strategy to help control greenhouse gas emissions has been developed in consultation with government agencies, municipalities, industry and the public. A list of 39 ongoing and new actions which will lead to reductions of greenhouse gases are included in the strategy. In addition to clean energy, energy conservation and energy efficiency recommendations across sectors, the strategy includes specific recommendations for the community and residential sector, commercial and industrial sector, and government sector. Examples of recommended actions include: energy efficiency financing assistance, commercial energy efficiency audits, wind energy development, solar hot water heating, energy conservation education and awareness, and climate change education in schools.
The Northwest Territories also developed the NWT Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Report to provide information on climate change impacts in the Northwest Territories affecting permafrost, ice conditions, precipitation and water, forests, wildlife, culture, and human health. The Report also provides strategies for adaptation planning in response to the climate change impacts.