Oct. 22, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Greenhouse-gas emissions will be reduced in the province as a result of a new project being supported by the New Brunswick Climate Action Fund, Environment Minister Roland Haché announced today.
The Department of Environment is providing the Department of Supply and Services with $400,000 to retrofit lighting fixtures in a number of its buildings, from T12 lighting technology to premium efficiency T8 lighting products, as promoted by Efficiency NB.
The total cost of the project is $1,103,373. It is anticipated that it will result in an annual reduction of 1,600 tonnes of greenhouse-gas emissions.
"This project will contribute to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and achieving 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."
"This lighting retrofit fits in with our green-building policy to promote energy efficiency in government-owned buildings," said Supply and Services Minister Jack Keir. " By building and investing in green infrastructure around the province we are helping to make New Brunswick a greener, cleaner place to be."
The funding will assist Supply and Services with the replacement of about 10,000 light fixtures in a variety of public buildings in need of an energy upgrade.
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 Climate Change Action Plan in June 2007. As a result, 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.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700; Judy Cole, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903.