Province supports 11 Edmundston-area projects with Environmental Trust Fund investments (08/08/29)

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Aug. 29, 2008

EDMUNDSTON (CNB) - About $185,000 from the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF) is being invested this year in 11 projects that will be environmentally beneficial to the Edmundston region, Environment Minister Roland Haché announced today.

"To be self-sufficient by 2026, New Brunswick must foster environmental sustainability so that our communities will continue to be healthy places to live, be attractive to residents, and be drivers of economic growth," Haché said. "These ETF investments demonstrate our government's strong commitment to be proactive in promoting the sustainability of the environment."

Each year, the ETF provides significant support to community-based initiatives to restore, improve, preserve and protect air, land and water resources in New Brunswick.

Haché announced in May 2008 that almost $4 million from the fund would be invested in 164 environmental projects throughout New Brunswick during the 2008-09 fiscal year.

"By promoting environmental stewardship, climate change, and capacity-building activities in all regions of the province, this year's projects will be effective in helping our province reach the goals of the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan and achieve environmental sustainability," Haché said.

Revenue for the ETF comes from about half of the environmental fee paid on redeemable beverage containers in New Brunswick.

The government 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.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of projects to be supported in the region with EFT investments. MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Wesson, public affairs officer, Environment, 506-453-3700.

Edmundston-area projects to be supported with ETF investments