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



    REGINA, April 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Minister of the Environment,
John Baird and Saskatchewan Environment Minister John Nilson today announced
$44.4 million in funding for Saskatchewan 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.
    "Canada's New Government is committed to achieving concrete results in
the reduction of greenhouse gases and air pollution," said Minister Baird.
"We've demonstrated that in our budget announcements, and we're demonstrating
it again today. We know that reducing emissions requires a collaborative
effort. ,In supporting Saskatchewan's efforts, we can work together to find
real solutions to Canada's environmental challenges."
    "One of the cornerstones of our Government is to advance Saskatchewan as
a leader in environmental protection and the green economy," Saskatchewan
Environment Minister John Nilson said. "This funding will reduce emissions,
support the province's long-term goal of deriving one-third of all energy from
renewable sources and enable progress on several important projects within an
overall Green Strategy."
    Saskatchewan has indicated that it will use its funding to support
several provincial projects, which may include:

    
    - Continuing development of near zero CO2 emission electrical generation
      projects.
    - Implementing measures to improve energy efficiency and conservation,
      including promotion and support for energy reduction by home owners,
      businesses, farms and communities.
    - Development and utilization of renewable and alternative energy sources
      such as bio-fuels and solar energy technologies.
    - Continuing to lead efforts in carbon capture and sequestration through
      the International Test Centre for Carbon Dioxide Capture.

    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 to build a stronger, safer, better Canada.

    For more information about the Federal Government's environmental
initiatives, please visit:  http://www.ecoaction.gc.ca
    For further information on Saskatchewan's environmental issues and
programs, please visit:  http://www.gov.sk.ca/priorities/environment

                                               (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: Environment Canada, Media Relations, (819) 934-8008,
1-888-908-8008; Art Jones, Environment Regina, (306) 787-5796,
art.jones@gov.sk.ca, Cell: (306) 536-8452


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