April 19, 2010
BATHURST (CNB) - Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be reduced in the province as the result of a project being supported by the New Brunswick Climate Action Fund (NBCAF), Environment Minister Rick Miles announced today.
The Department of Environment is providing the Chaleur Regional Hospital Foundation with $1.5 million to install a heat and electricity cogeneration plant at the hospital in Bathurst. A new biomass boiler will be installed which will displace the use of oil. The steam from the new boiler will heat the facility and generate electricity from the 250-kw turbine.
"Investments such as this will ensure that the province meets the goals set out in the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan 2007-2012 (NBCCAP) and continues to be a promoter of environmental sustainability, which we must achieve to remain positioned to be self-sufficient by 2026," said Miles.
This project could reduce up to 6,000 t of GHG emissions annually, equivalent to removing 1,091 personal vehicles from the road for one year. The estimated project cost is $6 million.
"Through this innovative project, the Chaleur Regional Hospital Foundation 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. "This project captures many aspects of our vision for the energy hub."
The project is identified in An Action Plan for Self-Sufficiency in Northern New Brunswick 2010-2013, a three-year plan for the government and community stakeholders to implement specific initiatives and strategies to be undertaken in northern New Brunswick.
"We are pleased to partner with Regional Health Authority A, the Department of Energy and the Department of Environment on this important project," said Jean-Guy Robichaud, treasurer of the Chaleur Hospital Foundation board of directors. "We certainly appreciate that the government has recognized the value of our project by contributing $1.5 million from the climate action fund to support us in our efforts to become more energy efficient."
Established from New Brunswick's portion of the federal government's Canada Eco-Trust for Clean Air and Climate Change, the $34-million NBCAF was used to support projects in keeping with the goals of the NBCCAP. The three-year fund was 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 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 Mt 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: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.