Greenhouse-gas emissions reduced after second phase of Mayors' Eco-Challenge 2009 (09/12/16)

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Dec. 16, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Greenhouse-gas emissions in New Brunswick were reduced by more than 12.5 tonnes as a result of the second phase of the Mayors' Eco-Challenge 2009, Minister of Environment Rick Miles announced today.

"As the minister of environment, I was very pleased to take part in the second phase of the Mayors' Eco-Challenge 2009," said Miles. "The second phase was a success, with nine participants reducing more than 12.5 tonnes of greenhouse-gas emissions, and developing environment-friendly habits that not only reduce personal carbon footprints but also serve as an example to others who are trying to live a greener life."

The challenge ran from Oct. 15 to Nov. 27. Phases one and two of the challenge resulted in a combined total of 28.5 tonnes of greenhouse-gas emissions being reduced.

The challenge is a partnership between the New Brunswick Lung Association (New Brunswick Climate Change Hub), the Cities of New Brunswick Association, the Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick, Efficiency NB, and the Department of Environment. Its aim is to draw attention to the importance of climate change awareness, and to encourage action at the municipal level.

Participants include:

Participants chose a partner to take part in the challenge with them. Participants made a commitment to reduce their carbon footprints by adopting a number of environmentally friendly habits.

Some of the commitments they made included:

Participants tracked and monitored their carbon footprints by using the provincial household activities calculator. The public may view the participants' progress by visiting the New Brunswick Climate Change Hub website.

"I encourage New Brunswickers to use the household activities calculator to calculate their carbon footprint, and to visit the New Brunswick Climate Change Hub website to learn more about actions to reduce their carbon footprint," said Miles.

The provincial government launched the five-year New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan in June 2007. As a result, greenhouse-gas emissions will be reduced in the province by 5.5 megatonnes annually by 2012. With the addition of federal initiatives, the plan will result in a reduction of New Brunswick's greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2012. The achievement of these reductions will position New Brunswick to realize further reductions of 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.


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