March 5, 2010
DIEPPE (CNB) - Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be reduced in the province as the result of a new project being supported by the New Brunswick Climate Action Fund (NBCAF). Natural Resources Minister Wally Stiles made the announcement today on behalf of Environment Minister Rick Miles.
The Department of Environment is providing the Department of Transportation with $500,000 to allow for the installation of an additional site on the the Trans-Canada Highway eastbound at Salisbury for its Weigh in Motion System project.
Weigh in Motion allows transport trucks to be weighed at highway speeds, resulting in a reduced number of trucks reporting to static scales; this, in turn, reduces fuel consumption, GHG emissions and operating costs. This project is expected to reduce 4,000 tonnes of GHG emissions annually.
"This project is consistent with the commitments made in the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan (NBCCAP) and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by the transportation industry in the province," said Stiles. "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."
Weigh in Motion systems are already being used at Longs Creek, Deerwood, Waweig and Salisbury westbound.
"The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) and the trucking industry are very pleased with today's announcement," said Jean-Marc Picard, executive director, APTA. "Our carriers are always very conscientious when it comes to the environment, and they are continuously focusing their efforts on how they can save fuel and reduce GHG emissions. Initiatives such as this one are always great news for the industry."
Established from New Brunswick's portion of the federal government's Canada Eco-Trust for Clean Air and Climate Change, the $34-million NBCAF supports 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 GHG emissions and air pollution throughout the province.
The province launched the five-year NBCCAP in June 2007. As a result of New Brunswick-led initiatives in the plan, GHG 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 GHG emissions to 1990 levels in 2012.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Vicky Deschênes, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700; Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.