The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced cost-shared funding of over $670,000 for an efficiency and fuel switching project for the Town of Stephenville through the Climate Change Challenge Fund.

This funding will be used to replace the oil heating system with electric boilers in the Bay St. George YMCA. The project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 205 tonnes annually.

“Continuing the work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is essential and will help build a stronger tomorrow for all. The Provincial Government is pleased to support the Town of Stephenville as they work to become more energy efficient and to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Bernard Davis, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

The Town of Stephenville is receiving $271,393 from the Federal Government; $226,138 from the Provincial Government and the town is contributing $180,951 in support of the energy efficiency project.

“By working with the Town of Stephenville, we are helping the community save money on operating costs and growing the economy—all while fighting climate change. Through the Low Carbon Economy Fund, our government is partnering with climate leaders nationwide to cut emissions, and will continue to do so through a renewed commitment of an additional $2.2 billion—an important part of Canada’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan. I applaud the leadership shown by the Town of Stephenville for helping to keep our air clean and build resilient communities in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Environment Canada.

The Climate Change Challenge Fund is a competitive grant-based program to fund greenhouse gas reduction projects. The fund supports projects that lower greenhouse gas emissions and is available to industry, municipalities, not-for-profits and public sector entities. The fund is supported by over $38 million in funding through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund – a joint federal and provincial initiative.

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“Investment in clean energy is an important part of building resilience for our future. Our Climate Change Action Plan is working in partnership with provinces, communities, businesses and stakeholders—in the Long Range Mountains and across Canada—to reduce emissions, encourage clean innovation, and support sustainable economic growth,” said Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, MP for Long Range Mountains.

Featured image: (Government of Newfoundland and Labrador)

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