Climate action fund supporting environmentally friendly project (09/05/05)

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May 5, 2009

BOUCTOUCHE (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 Department of Environment is providing an investment of $80,000 to Kent Homes to redesign the plans of the company's houses and to change its construction practices. The objective: to ensure all homes manufactured by Kent Homes meet Energuide 80 guidelines for energy efficiency.

"The New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan commits New Brunswick to adopting an energy performance standard that goes beyond the Canadian building energy code for new and renovated buildings," said Haché. "Early adoption of energy-efficient standards by Kent Homes places the company among the leaders in its industry.

"Increasing energy efficiency may significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 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."

It is anticipated that this project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the province by 1,000 tonnes annually. The total cost of the project is $105,000.

"I am very pleased to see that this important project put forth by Kent Homes is being supported by the climate action fund," said Energy Minister Jack Keir. "As a government, we have recognized that the best way to reduce energy costs is to reduce energy use. By meeting the Energuide 80 guidelines, Kent Homes is helping homeowners lower their energy consumption and, at the same time, reduce energy costs."

An EnerGuide rating is a standard measure of a home's energy performance. A rating of Energuide 80 indicates that a home is highly energy efficient.

"Building the skill of our people to ensure the highest environmental standards is good business," said Rheal Maillet, general manager of Kent Homes. "In this way, we are able to deliver energy-efficient housing that protects the environment and saves energy costs for our customers."

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

The three-year climate action plan 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," said Haché. "I commend all those in the public and private sectors who have come forward to work with the government by proposing projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New Brunswick during this third and final round of funding."

The provincial government launched the five-year climate change action plan in June 2007. As a result of the 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.

More information on the climate change action plan may be found at http://www.gnb.ca/0009/0369/0018/0001-e.asp.


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