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



    OTTAWA, March 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Minister of the Environment,
John Baird, joined by Premier and Minister of the Environment Dennis Fentie,
today announced $5 million in funding for the Yukon 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 dollar 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.
    "Yukon has proposed some real, concrete initiatives that will help Canada
move forward on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants. Our new
Government has demonstrated its commitment to these reductions in our budget
announcements, and we're demonstrating it here again today", said
Minister Baird. "In supporting Yukon's efforts, we can work together to find
solutions to Canada's environmental challenges."
    Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie said the funds will be used to install a
third hydro turbine at the Aishihik hydro electric plant in south-western
Yukon since it supports a goal in the Yukon Government's Climate Change
Strategy adopted in September 2006.
    The strategy states the Yukon government will reduce greenhouse gas
emissions in Yukon through efficiency improvements in the short term and
additional measures related to infrastructure replacement in the longer term
by providing alternatives to diesel for electricity generation.
    Premier Fentie said this project will reduce Yukon's estimated annual
greenhouse gas emissions by 3,800 tonnes by reducing the Yukon's reliance on
diesel generated electrical energy that would otherwise be required during
peak demand times.
    "The challenges and opportunities arising from climate change have moved
to the forefront as we continue our efforts to responsibly manage our air,
land, water and wildlife resources," Premier Fentie said. "This $5 million
contribution is a welcome addition to our efforts to mitigate activities that
contribute to climate change. These funds to reduce our dependence on diesel
generated electricity can provide many long term benefits to this territory"
    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 their 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 the Yukon's environmental issues and programs,
please visit: http://www.environmentyukon.gov.yk.ca


    (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; Roxanne Vallevand, Communications Advisor, Cabinet Office,
(867) 633-7949; Cabinet Office, Executive Council Office, Government of Yukon,
Box 2703, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2C6


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