Global efforts to reduce climate change may mean new opportunities for Nova Scotia businesses. The Department of Energy has signed letters of co-operation with government representatives from Bolivia and Cuba, and institutional representatives from Columbia and Belize. The agreements were reached this week at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Montreal. “Climate change is a global issue, that will require global solutions,” said Energy Minister Cecil Clarke. “Nova Scotia businesses and organizations involved in climate change have the expertise in this field that will strengthen this shared global effort.” The letters demonstrate Nova Scotia’s commitment to international co-operation on sharing strategies and best practices to help slow the effects of climate change. Under the agreements, Nova Scotia and the signing government or agency agree to share best practices and strategies on emissions reduction, and proven approaches to communicate public awareness on climate change. These letters are also expected to lead to new opportunities for Nova Scotia businesses and organizations specializing in climate change, including 15 companies that travelled to Montreal as part of a consortium called Climate Canada Atlantic. Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash said the letters of co-operation reflect the growth of Nova Scotia’s environmental industries sector. “Our leadership in environmental stewardship has helped develop considerable expertise in our private sector,” he said. “Increasingly, that expertise is being sought around the world and is now worth about $28 million a year in foreign business.” The international climate change conference brought together 10,000 delegates from government, industry, business, the scientific community and other groups interested in action on climate change.