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Premier Ball Announces $40 Million for Low Carbon Economy Programs

Press Release

March 15, 2019

The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador was joined for the announcement today by the Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour and MHA for Virginia Waters-Pleasantville; and Nick Whalen, MP for St. John’s East, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Premier Ball announced the following investments through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund:

  • Climate Change Challenge Program: The Provincial Government is contributing $10.26 million and the Federal Government is contributing $10 million to provide grants to businesses, municipalities, governments and organizations, non-profit organizations, industrial and resource sectors to undertake projects that result in measurable greenhouse gas reductions.
  • Freight Transportation Fuel Efficiency Program: The Provincial Government is providing $1.73 million and the Federal Government is contributing $1.47 million to provide rebates to carriers and owner operators to install fuel saving devices on heavy-duty trucks and trailers.
  • Energy Efficiency and Fuel Switching in Public Buildings Program: This program was launched in January and will now receive additional joint federal/provincial funding in the amount of $17.2 million.

By 2030, the programs developed under the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund to date are expected to deliver 882,000 tonnes of cumulative greenhouse gas emissions reductions and 239 direct person years of employment. Additional information on the Low Carbon Economy Fund programs is included in the Learn More Section below.

These investments are examples of the Provincial Government’s balanced approach to fiscal management and the development of a green economy and green infrastructure.

These programs also build on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economy and deliver better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

Quotes
“Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to addressing climate change. Through these and other programs under the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, we are supporting key economic sectors and community groups in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and successfully transitioning to a low carbon future.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“These programs build on commitments in our government’s climate change action plan and will help municipalities, businesses, industries, not for profits and Indigenous organizations lower their carbon footprint and save money on fuel bills.”
Honourable Graham Letto
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

“We are taking real action on climate change. By pricing pollution, supporting energy efficiency in residences and government building, and now fuel efficiency in freight transportation, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians can be proud that their governments are creating the tools needed so that everyone can play a role in reducing greenhouse gas pollution.”
Nick Whalen
Member of Parliament St. John’s East

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Learn more
Low Carbon Economy Fund Programs

Government of Canada – Low Carbon Economy Fund

Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change

Over $89 Million in Joint Funding Announced for Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund

Media contacts
Erin Sulley
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960
[email protected]

Lynn Robinson
Municipal Affairs and Environment
709-729-5449, 691-9466
[email protected]

Caroline Thériault
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
613-462-5473
[email protected]

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