The FCM Awards Grant to the City of Laval to Develop a Local Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions



    LAVAL, QC, April 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Jean Perrault, President of the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of Sherbrooke (Québec),
and the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government
Services, representing Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources Canada,
announced today a Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant to the City of Laval. The
$46,930 grant will be used to develop a local action plan to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources that specifically
address the sustainable community development needs of municipal government,"
said FCM President and Mayor of Sherbrooke Jean Perrault. "The financing and
knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that
are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
    "Our government is assisting municipalities across the country in
achieving their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for Canadians
through the Green Municipal Fund," explained the Minister Pierre Paradis.
"Today's announcement is another example of how the Government of Canada - in
partnership with the FCM - is helping the City of Laval build a greener future
for its citizens."
    It was in 1997, when it became a member of Partners for Climate
Protection (PCP) that the City of Laval pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas
emissions and fight against climate change. With the support of the FCM, it
drew up an inventory of corporative emissions and those of its Community to
then establish a reduction goal and develop a local action plan.
    The plan's main strategy aims at reducing 6% of GHG emissions by 2015,
based on the level of its emissions for the 1990 reference year. This strategy
also lends support to the targets and objectives of the Quebec and Federal
governments.
    Among reduction activities suggested for the Community, the plan shall
encourage its citizens to use alternative transport, purchase fuel-efficient
vehicles and to reduce their heavy oil consumption or opt for bi-energy. In
turn, corporations shall be encouraged to improve the energy efficiency
several municipal buildings, introduce certain fuel management equipment or
systems, use biofuels for their vehicle fleet and prioritize the purchase of
eco-energetic vehicles.
    "The Green Municipal Fund has enabled the City of Laval to develop a
local action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that includes its
citizens' cooperation to create a collective vision of a sustainable
community," stated Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt.
    The Green Municipal Fund is an endowment funded by the Government of
Canada and managed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The Fund
supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private sector funding
to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate
protection.

    
           FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments
          since 1901. It fosters sustainable communities enjoying a
           high quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and
                     accountable municipal governments.
    




For further information:

For further information: City of Laval, QC, Amélie Cliche, Press
Officer, Office of the Mayor of Laval and Executive Committee, (450) 662-4140,
a.cliche@ville.laval.qc.ca, http://www.ville.laval.qc.ca/; Green Municipal
Fund, Dave Weatherall, Communications Officer, Green Municipal Fund,
Federation of Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6292, Fax: (613) 244-1515;
dweatherall@fcm.ca, www.fcm.ca/fmv; Natural Resources Canada, Jasmine
MacDonnell, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister, Natural Resources Canada,
(613) 996-2007, Fax: (613) 943-0663, http://nrcan-rncan.gc.ca

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