Canada's New Government supports clean air and energy efficiency projects in Newfoundland and Labrador



    OTTAWA, March 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Minister of the Environment
John Baird and Newfoundland and Labrador's Minister of Environment
Clyde Jackman today announced $23 million in funding for Newfoundland and
Labrador as part of a trust fund set up by Canada's New Government to support
provincial and territorial projects to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions
and air pollutants. The $1.5 billion trust fund for clean air and climate
change is part of the Government's recent $4.5 billion budget commitment to
make real progress on important environmental issues.
    "Our new Government is committed to achieving concrete results in
reducing green house gases and air pollutants. We've demonstrated that in our
budget announcements, and we're demonstrating it again today", said
Minister Baird. "We know that reducing emissions requires a collaborative
effort, which is why we've developed this trust. With this funding,
Newfoundland and Labrador will be better able to address its specific
geographic and environmental challenges, and contribute to a healthier
Canada."
    "The funds will be used to assist Newfoundland and Labrador in delivering
on the energy efficiency and clean energy components of our Climate Change
Action Plan released in 2005," said Minister Jackman. "In addition, the
funding will indirectly contribute to the province's coming Energy Plan and
will support certain principles of the planned Sustainable Development Act."
    Federal funding for Newfoundland and Labrador will be invested in
initiatives that will result in measurable reductions in greenhouse gas
emissions and waste diversion. These initiatives will promote environmentally
responsible resource development and support the province's work on its
Climate Change Action Plan, and may result in additional greenhouse gas
emission reductions of up to 1.5 million tonnes per year.
    The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will use the funding to move
forward on clean-energy related projects, which may include:

    
    - measures to improve the energy efficiency of public buildings;
    - greenhouse gas reductions through enhanced waste management techniques,
      including methane gas recovery and utilization, and expanded composting
      under our Provincial Waste Management Strategy; and,
    - climate change innovations funding to support energy efficiency and the
      reduction of green house gas production, particularly in rural and
      remote areas.
    

    Canada's New Government is already delivering on the reduction of
greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution by taking tangible steps with
initiatives in the energy and transportation sectors such as ecoEnergy and
ecoTransport, and by committing to implement aggressive regulations to reduce
emissions in all sectors. The provincial and territorial initiatives supported
by Canada's New Government's trust fund for clean air and climate change will
complement those efforts.
    As announced, resources for the trust will consist of $1.5 billion of new
funding on a national basis. This funding is a part of the actions being taken
by Canada's New Government in its plan to build a stronger, safer, better
Canada. The funding will also play a part in the Government's action on the
fiscal imbalance.

    For more information about the Federal Government's environmental
initiatives, please visit: http://www.ecoaction.gc.ca

    For further information on Newfoundland and Labrador's Environment and
Conservation programs, please visit: http://www.env.gov.nl.ca/env

    (Egalement offert en français)




For further information:

For further information: please contact: 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


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