Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

January 22, 2007 15:00 ET

$2 billion ecoENERGY Initiatives to help reduce smog and greenhouse gases

CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 22, 2007) - Today, Natural Resources Minister
Gary Lunn highlighted how the $2 billion ecoENERGY Initiatives will reduce
smog and greenhouse gas emissions that affect the environment and the health
of Canadians.

"Canada is an emerging energy superpower, but energy production and use
are the source of most of our air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions,"
said Minister Lunn, speaking at Ecologix, a Cambridge-based manufacturer of
energy-efficient furnaces. "Our challenge is to be a clean energy superpower
and our ecoENERGY Initiatives are designed to meet this challenge."

The ecoENERGY Initiatives are a set of focused measures to help Canadians
use energy more efficiently, boost renewable energy supplies and develop
cleaner energy technologies. The suite of initiatives announced individually
last week includes:


- The ecoENERGY Efficiency Initiative, approximately $300 million to
promote smarter energy use, including the new ecoENERGY Retrofit
Program to support energy-efficiency improvements in homes, and small
buildings and industries;
- The ecoENERGY Technology Initiative, a $230-million investment in
energy S&T to fund the research, development and demonstration of clean
energy technologies; and
- The ecoENERGY Renewable Initiative, an investment of more than
$1.5 billion to boost Canada's renewable energy supplies.


"The ecoENERGY Initiatives complement the regulatory approach of our
proposed Clean Air Act," said Minister Lunn. "They will deliver real results
in the short term and drive the improvements in energy efficiency and use of
clean energy that are needed to support upcoming regulations."

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In Cambridge, Ontario, today, Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn
highlighted how the $2 billion ecoENERGY Initiatives that were recently
announced will reduce smog and greenhouse gas emissions that affect the
environment and the health of Canadians.

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

- ecoENERGY Initiatives: Protecting the Health of Canadians and the
Environment

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at
www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.

Contact Information

  • Kathleen Olson,
    Acting Director of Communications,
    Office of the Minister,
    Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
    (613) 996-2007