$52 million in funding in Clean Energy Projects Across Canada

February 27, 2011, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -(Coal Geology)- Mark Warawa, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament for Langley, announced $52 million in funding through Sustainable Development Technology Canada for 16 clean energy projects across Canada. This funding is part of a series of investments announced across the country totalling up to $63.8 million to support renewable and clean energy projects that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support high-quality jobs.

“Investing in clean energy technologies stimulates the growth of a domestic clean energy industry, creating high-quality jobs for Canadians,” said MP Warawa.

The announcement was made at Westport Power, a company that is receiving a $2.3-million investment for a project that will allow trains to run on a combination of natural gas and diesel fuel. This technology will both save the sector money and cut GHG emissions by up to 25 percent.

“Developing technologies that will help Canada’s major economic sectors become more efficient while reducing their impact on the environment is key in helping to create a green economy for Canada,” said SDTC President and CEO Vicky Sharpe. “The SDTC funding will assist in getting these innovative technologies to the market sooner.”

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has invested more than $10 billion to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build a more sustainable environment through investments in green infrastructure, energy efficiency, clean energy technologies and the production of cleaner energy and cleaner fuels.

The Government has developed a broad suite of policies and programs to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 – a target aligned with that of the United States.

“Moving forward aggressively with investments in clean energy technologies will help us balance our need for energy with our need to protect the environment,” said MP Warawa.

Today’s announcement builds on the success of many initiatives that are helping to sustain and enhance Canada’s clean energy industry.

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Mark Warawa, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament for Langley, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing $52 million in 16 clean energy projects across Canada. The funding, made through Sustainable Development Technology Canada, will help boost Canada’s clean energy industry and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The following media backgrounder is available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media:

Investing in Canada’s Clean Energy Technology

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