Aliant recognized for energy efficiency savings by Natural Resources Canada

    400 projects have reduced nearly 30,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in
    Atlantic Canada

    SAINT JOHN, NB, April 23 /CNW/ - Aliant, Atlantic Canada's leading
information and communications technology provider, was recently recognized by
the federal government for its contribution to creating a cleaner environment
in Atlantic Canada.
    Committed to being a leader in environmental sustainability initiatives
across the region, Aliant has initiated over 400 individual projects over the
past six years. The result has been a reduction of 28,755 tonnes of CO2e
(carbon dioxide equivalents), known to be the primary contributors to climate
change, from being emitted into the atmosphere.
    These savings are equivalent to removing 6,579 vehicles from the road for
one year.
    This limitation in carbon dioxide equivalents was achieved mainly through
the reduction of 1,598,798 litres of diesel fuel use and 21,252 megawatts of
power consumption.
    "At Aliant, we are extremely committed to helping create a sustainable
future by protecting the environment - and we take that commitment very
seriously," says Susan Atkinson, Bell Aliant Environment Manager. "We are
thrilled that Natural Resources Canada has acknowledged our work with letters
of commendation and equally pleased that we are making such strong progress in
improving the way we operate our business."
    In 2007 alone, Aliant aims to further reduce energy consumption levels by
more than 3,000 tonnes through an additional 33 energy-savings projects. One
such project will involve energy audits conducted on 12 Aliant buildings
throughout Atlantic Canada.
    As well, Aliant is educating and empowering employees to minimize their
impact on the environment at home and at work. Through paperless billing
initiatives, providing guidelines for recycling and opportunities to work with
local students on sustainability projects in the community, employees are
making a difference through individual and collective efforts in all Atlantic
Canadian four provinces.
    "We are integrating long-term economic, environmental and social
considerations into our culture here at Aliant," says Atkinson. "We fully
understand that the investments we make today for energy conservation are
truly investments in creating a sustainable future for the next generation."

    About Bell Aliant

    Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional
communications providers. Through its operating entities it serves customers
in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and
technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added
business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT
professional services in Canada and the US. Bell Aliant's 10,000 employees are
committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and
convenience. In Atlantic Canada, communications products and services are
delivered to customers through the Aliant brand.
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For further information: Alyson Queen, Aliant Communications and Public
Affairs, (866) 696-6700,

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