Oct. 23, 2008
MONCTON (CNB) - Greenhouse-gas emissions in the province will be reduced by 45,000 tonnes annually as the 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 Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corp. with $1,198,500 to undertake the $2,397,000 project of installing a landfill gas collection, recovery and utilization system at its facility, and producing electricity from the methane recovered.
"By not only capturing methane but also producing 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."
"The Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corp. recognizes the importance of environmental protection and enhancement, and is committed to providing leadership in solid waste management in our community," said Bill Slater, Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corp. general manager. "This system is a positive step toward lowering Westmorland-Albert's greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to our own self-sufficiency by generating our own energy, and helping the province achieve its climate change objectives."
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 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.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700; Bill Slater, Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corporation, 506-877-1050.