Canada's New Government delivering on clean air and energy efficiency projects in New Brunswick



    FREDERICTON, NB, March 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Greg Thompson,
Minister of Veterans Affairs, on behalf of The Honourable John Baird, Minister
of the Environment, and joined by New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham, today
announced that Canada's New Government intends to provide New Brunswick with
$34 million as part of the new Canada ecoTrust for Clean Air and Climate
Change to support provincial projects that help reduce greenhouse gas
emissions and air pollutants.
    "Canada's New Government is making these investments to help improve the
environment for Canadians by reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution,"
said Minister Thompson. "Today's announcement recognizes New Brunswick's
leadership in this area, and provides support for measurable progress that
benefits all Canadians."
    "As New Brunswickers, we need to ensure that on our journey to
self-sufficiency, we are good environmental stewards. The funding announced
today will support the development of new technology and new ideas through the
New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan," said Premier Graham. "We are
pleased the Government of Canada is prepared to work with the province in
taking action on climate change. This issue is too large and the stakes too
high, for governments to work in isolation. We need to come together to
address climate change."
    "Our government firmly believes that all Canadians and all levels of
government must work together to address the threat of climate change," said
Minister Baird. "With this ecoTrust funding, the province of New Brunswick
will be in a better position to develop tailor-made solutions for the
environmental challenges it currently faces, and in doing so contribute to the
overall health of our country and our citizens."
    New Brunswick's Charter for Change has already created a framework to
achieve meaningful reductions in greenhouse gases (GHGs), through energy
efficiency and renewable energy actions. These measures alone are anticipated
to achieve GHG reductions in the order of 2.0 megatonnes of carbon dioxide or
equivalent. New Brunswick is also developing a new Climate Change Action Plan
that will include new specific GHG emission reductions in addition to measures
already taken and will assist government in integrating climate change
strategies into its planning and development decisions.
    New Brunswick has indicated that it will use the Canada ecoTrust funding
to support several provincial projects, which may include:

    
    - Developing renewable fuels, such as cellulose ethanol and biodiesal,
      from agriculture and forest feedstock;
    - Assisting in the development of projects that capture methane gases
      from landfills and use the captured gases to produce energy;
    - Examining the use of zero emission technology for clean coal energy
      generation in Belledune;
    - Expanding and enhancing programs to foster the efficient use of energy
      by residential retrofits for low-income households, innovations for new
      home construction and energy-efficient lighting alternatives; and,
    - Promoting the more efficient use of energy by the province's forestry
      industries and the commercial sector.
    

    The Canada ecoTrust for Clean Air and Climate Change will be designed to
allow each province and territory to develop technology, energy efficiency and
other projects that provide real results. The Government of Canada will work
with all provinces and territories to fully develop this new national fund.
    Canada's New Government is already taking concrete action to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution by committing to implement
aggressive regulations to reduce emissions in all sectors and bring in new
initiatives in the energy and transportation sectors. The provincial
initiatives supported by the Canada ecoTrust will complement those efforts.
    The Canada ecoTrust will be established using part of the anticipated
2006-07 budgetary surplus. Resources for the Canada ecoTrust initiative will
consist of $1.5 billion of new funding on a national basis. This funding will
be contained in the upcoming budget and is a part of the actions being taken
on the fiscal imbalance. This new funding will be available as soon as
Parliament approves the budget.

    For further information on the Government of Canada's ecoTrust
initiative, please visit: http://www.ecoaction.gc.ca/index-eng.cfm

    For further information on New Brunswick's programs, please visit:
http://www.gnb.ca/index-e.asp Keyword Environment

    (Egalement offert en français)




For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Environment Canada, Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008; Marie-Andrée Bolduc,
Communications, Office of the Premier, (506) 444-2286


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