Aug. 18, 2009
SAINT JOHN (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 (NBCAF), Environment Minister Rick Miles announced today.
"This project is consistent with the commitments made in the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan (NBCCAP) to reduce landfill gas emissions; to work with solid waste management commissions across New Brunswick to identify options for the management of landfill gas; and to encourage projects that capture methane gas from landfills to produce energy," said Miles. "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 Environment is providing the Fundy Region Solid Waste Commission with $1.75 million for the Crane Mountain Landfill Gas Recovery and Utilization project. The commission will install an electricity-generating gas turbine and supporting equipment at the Crane Mountain Landfill site in Saint John.
The fuel for this turbine will be provided by landfill gas. The turbine will provide primary electrical power for the site, and surplus power will be integrated into the local distribution system. It is anticipated that this project will annually reduce 6,500 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions through renewable energy offsets and 30,000 tonnes of greenhouse-gas emissions through methane destruction.
With this added technology, it is anticipated that the Crane Mountain Landfill will bring its overall greenhouse gas emission reduction to more than 61,000 tonnes annually.
"Through this innovative project, the Fundy Region Solid Waste Commission is directly contributing to the development of renewable energy in New Brunswick and promoting long-term, sustainable growth in the energy sector," said Energy Minister Jack Keir. "The partnership formed between Saint John Energy and the Fundy Region Solid Waste Commission is also a terrific example of the success of our embedded generation policy. It is truly a wonderful project, and captures many aspects of our vision for the energy hub."
The total cost of the project is $5 million.
"This announcement is an exciting day for the Fundy Region Solid Waste Commission," said Marc MacLeod, general manager of the commission. "With this investment from New Brunswick's Climate Action Fund, our new electrical generation capability will place Crane Mountain Landfill as the leader in Atlantic Canada for greenhouse-gas reductions. Coupled with our successful compost program, this landfill-gas-to energy project will soon power 1,000 homes in the region, a first for New Brunswick."
Established from New Brunswick's portion of the federal government's Canada Eco-Trust for Clean Air and Climate Change, the $34-million NBCAF is used to support projects in keeping with the goals of the NBCCAP. 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," said Miles. "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 NBCCAP 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 NBCCAP 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 about the NBCCAP is online.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700; Bonnie Doyle Creber, communications, Department of Energy, 506-658-2410; Marc MacLeod, general manager, Fundy Region Solid Waste Commission, 506-738-1213; Brenda MacCallum, public education officer, Fundy Region Solid Waste Commission, 506-738-1214.