Jan. 23, 2009
WOODSTOCK (CNB) - Greenhouse-gas emissions will be reduced in the province as the result of a new project being supported by the New Brunswick Climate Action Fund, Environment Minister Roland Haché announced today.
The Vehicle Management Agency of the Department of Transportation will receive $215,000 from the action fund to undertake a biodiesel trial project, including the construction and operation of a biodiesel dispensing facility in Woodstock.
"This project is evidence that our government is committed to achieving the goals set out in the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan," Haché said. "We made the commitment to research biodiesel with a view to requiring a minimum average of five per cent ethanol in gasoline and five per cent biodiesel in diesel fuel sold for vehicle or heating fuel use in New Brunswick. Investments such as this will ensure that New Brunswick continues to be a promoter of environmental sustainability, which we must achieve to remain positioned to be self-sufficient by 2026."
The Department of Transportation will be undertaking a project using biodiesel in 12 vehicles, including school buses, snow ploughs and other vehicles. The department will closely monitor the project to determine the serviceability of a five per cent blend of biodiesel in the New Brunswick climate.
Based on this project, it is estimated that the use of biodiesel for all the agency's diesel vehicles could result in an annual reduction of 2,000 tonnes of greenhouse-gas emissions.
"This project is consistent with my department's green vehicle policy," said Transportation Minister Denis Landry. "We wish to lead by example in reducing transportation emissions. We have a responsibility to future generations to be protecting our environment, including the air that we all share. Proactive policies and investments such as these demonstrate that government is helping people and communities."
Energy Minster Jack Keir praised the project as one that fosters rural economic development and promotes renewable forms of energy.
"This trial will help build capacity in the province for biodiesel production and also promote the development of renewable fuels in the province," said Keir.
Clark Oil of Woodstock, and Eastern Greenway Fuels of Waterville, will be providing the fuel for the project.
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 in keeping with the goals of the 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.
"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 action plan in June 2007. As a result of 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.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700; Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634; Bonnie Doyle, communications, Department of Energy, 506-658-2410.