Environment

Funding applications under Climate Action Fund now being accepted (09/01/09)

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Jan. 9, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Applications for funding are now being accepted under the New Brunswick Climate Action Fund, Minister of Environment Roland Haché announced today.

The three-year, $34-million 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.

"We have received very impressive submissions during the first two years, and are looking forward to receiving project proposals in this third and final round of funding that will help the province achieve its greenhouse-gas-emission reduction goals as set out in the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan," Haché said. "The results of these initiatives will not only help New Brunswick reach the goals of the Climate Change Action Plan, but help to ensure environmental sustainability in a self-sufficient province."

Established with the province's portion of the federal government's Canada ecoTrust for Clean Air and Climate Change, the New Brunswick Climate Action Fund is administered by the Climate Change Secretariat, in partnership with the Regional Development Corporation.

"I strongly encourage eligible groups to present proposals, particularly in the application of renewable energy alternatives, transportation, energy efficiency and waste management," said Haché. "The New Brunswick Climate Action Fund is a great resource that can be used in our joint efforts to reduce and prevent greenhouse-gas emissions in our province."

Successful projects will be required to achieve significant greenhouse-gas reductions at a competitive cost per tonne, and be sustainable over the long term. Project proponents must secure the support of a sponsoring provincial government department. The Climate Change Secretariat will dispense funds to the departments and agencies sponsoring successful initiatives.

"In providing funding for initiatives that will achieve real and sustained reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions, government is taking concrete action to address climate change and its effects in our province," Haché said.

Applications will be accepted until Feb. 20, 2009. For more information about the New Brunswick Climate Action Fund, contact the Climate Change Secretariat at 506-453-2690, or visit http://www.gnb.ca/Environment.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Environment, 506-453-3700.

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