May 27, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government is investing $50,000 to help the Atlantic Dairy and Forage Institute address the issue of climate change.
"Since the release of the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan in 2007, various individuals, businesses, communities, organizations and industries have partnered with government to address the effects of climate change," said Environment Minister Rick Miles. "I am pleased to add New Brunswick's dairy industry to our long list of partners in the fight against climate change."
The Atlantic Dairy and Forage Institute developed a greenhouse gas quantification protocol for the Canadian dairy industry which addresses and quantifies emissions from all aspects of dairy farm management, including animal husbandry, feeding and manure management systems.
The protocol addresses the three major greenhouse gases produced in the agriculture sector: methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide. It will allow dairy producers to assess their greenhouse gas profile and make changes to create offset credits for sale in emerging domestic and international markets.
The funding, provided by the New Brunswick Climate Change Secretariat, will support a pilot project which will test the protocol at 50 farms.
The province launched the five-year action plan in June 2007. As a result of New Brunswick-led initiatives in the plan, and combined with federal initiatives, it will result in a reduction of the province's greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels in 2012.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.