Environment

Environment-friendly project being supported with Climate Action Fund investment (08/08/29)

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Aug. 29, 2008

EDMUNDSTON (CNB) - Greenhouse-gas emissions will be reduced in the province as the result of a new project being supported with the New Brunswick Climate Action Fund, Environment Minister Roland Haché announced today.

The Department of Environment is providing La Commission de gestion enviro ressources du Nord-Ouest with almost $900,000 from the fund to install a landfill gas collection, recovery and utilization system at its Montagne-de-la-Croix facility. Once operational, the new system will eventually produce energy from the methane recovered.

"By not only capturing methane but also producing green energy from it, this system will be an effective part of our province's efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and achieve the goals of the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan," Haché said. "This investment demonstrates our government's strong commitment to be a promoter of environmental sustainability, which New Brunswick must achieve in order to remain positioned to be self-sufficient by 2026."

It's believed that once the system is operational, it will result in a total annual reduction of about 35,000 tonnes of greenhouse-gas emissions in the province.

Established from New Brunswick's portion of the federal government's Canada Eco-Trust for Clean Air and Climate Change, the $34-million New Brunswick Climate Action Fund is used to support projects that are in keeping with the goals of the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan. The three-year fund is dedicated to public-sector, private-sector and not-for-profit initiatives that will result in reductions or avoidance of greenhouse-gas emissions and air pollution throughout the province.

"The New Brunswick Climate Action Fund is a financial resource that serves to promote the sustainability of the environment in our province," Haché said. "I commend all those in the public and private sectors who have come forward to work with government by proposing projects to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in New Brunswick."

The province launched the five-year New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan in June 2007. As a result of the New Brunswick-led initiatives in the plan, greenhouse-gas emissions will be reduced in the province by 5.5 megatonnes annually in 2012. With the addition of federal initiatives, the plan will result in a reduction of New Brunswick's greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels in 2012. The achievement of these reductions will position New Brunswick to realize further reductions of 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Wesson, public affairs, Environment, 506-453-3700.

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