Oct. 16, 2009
MONCTON (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 Rick Miles announced today.
The Department of Environment is providing The Moncton Hospital and the Dr. Georges L. Dumont Hospital with $400,000 to install energy-efficient lighting.
It is anticipated that this project will result in a reduction of 590 tonnes of greenhouse-gas emissions annually. The energy saved is equivalent to the energy required for 38 New Brunswick households every year.
"This project is consistent with the commitments made in the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan to encourage projects that increase energy efficiency," 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."
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 New Brunswick 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 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 New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan in June 2007. As a result of New Brunswick-led initiatives, greenhouse-gas emissions in the province will be reduced by 5.5 megatonnes annually in 2012.
With the addition of federal initiatives, the New Brunswick Climate Change Action 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 about the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan may be found online.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.