Environment / Energy

Environment-friendly project supported by Climate Action Fund (08/10/31)

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Oct. 31, 2008

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

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"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 commitment to promote environmental sustainability, which New Brunswick must achieve to become self-sufficient by 2026."

The Department of Environment is providing Edmundston Energy with $740,000 to build a second powerhouse at its hydroelectric dam. This project is expected to cut 14,800 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

"I am very pleased to see this construction taking place at Edmundston Energy's hydro dam," said Energy Minister Jack Keir. "Hydro power and renewable forms of energy are an important piece of the New Brunswick energy hub. "I am happy the climate action fund could support this important project, which promotes energy efficiency and long-term, sustainable growth in the energy sector."

New Brunswick's portion of the federal government's Canada Eco-Trust for Clean Air and Climate Change was used to create the $34-million climate action fund, which, in turn, supports projects in keeping with the climate change action plan.

The three-year climate action fund is dedicated to public-sector, private-sector and not-for-profit initiatives intended to result in reductions or prevention of greenhouse-gas emissions and air pollution throughout the province.

"The 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 of the New Brunswick-led initiatives, greenhouse-gas emissions are expected to be reduced in the province by 5.5 megatonnes annually in 2012. With the addition of federal initiatives, the climate change action plan is expected to achieve 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.

"Being able to increase our renewable energy production, thanks to the provincial government's important contribution, is a way to increase the City of Edmundston's revenues, while reducing our impact on the environment," said Edmundston Mayor Jacques P. Martin. "By doing so, Edmundston will remain in good financial shape and be better equipped to take an active part in helping the Province of New Brunswick to reach our common goal of self-sufficiency."

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700; Bonnie Doyle, communications, Department of Energy, 506-658-2410.

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