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



    OTTAWA, March 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird, Canada's
Minister of the Environment, joined by Nunavut Premier, the Honourable Paul
Okalik, announced today that Canada's New Government will provide the
Government of Nunavut with $5 million from the Canada ecoTrust for Clean Air
and Climate Change, which supports provincial and territorial projects that
will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, smog and air pollution.
    "Canada's New Government is investing to protect all Canadians from the
consequences of climate change, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Today's announcement recognizes the important work already being done in
Nunavut to reduce the territory's reliance on fossil fuels for all its energy
needs," said Minister Baird.
    "The North is especially sensitive to climate change and our traditional
Inuit culture is being challenged as a result. We are pleased to join the
federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Nunavummiut are ready
to take a leadership role in implementing solutions and we will begin with a
ban on incandescent light bulbs," said Okalik.
    Nunavut's funding under the Canada ecoTrust will be combined with
existing and new territorial initiatives to enhance energy conservation and
efficiency and diversify the energy system towards alternative and emerging
technologies.
    The Government of Nunavut has indicated it will use Canada ecoTrust
funding to move forward on several projects, which may include:

    
    - A program to promote the adoption of energy efficient lighting in
      public and private housing, businesses and government offices, in
      tandem with a ban on incandescent light bulbs, which will result in an
      annual reduction of 1,300 tonnes of carbon dioxide or equivalent;
    - a homeowner incentive program that encourages energy efficiency and
      conservation; and
    - new construction, expansion or rebuilding residual heating systems in
      eight communities. These systems recover heat from diesel electricity
      generating plants that is piped to nearby buildings.
    

    The Canada ecoTrust for Clean Air and Climate Change is designed to allow
each province and territory to develop technology, energy efficiency, and
other projects that will 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 industrial sectors and bring
in new initiatives in the energy and transportation sectors. Nunavut's ongoing
and new 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.

    (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; Meaghan Bennett, Energy
Secretariat, Government of Nunavut,(867) 975-6002


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