Fredericton – Today, on Clean Air Day, David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green party of
New Brunswick is proposing a path to achieve New Brunswick’s carbon pollution reduction targets.
“By 2030, over the next 12 years, we have committed to cut our collective carbon pollution by 4 million tonnes,”
said Coon. “Most of our carbon pollution comes from power plants that burn coal, oil and natural gas, from the
Irving Oil Refinery, from driving and trucking, and from heating our buildings. The rapid development of our
abundant renewable energy resources and the improvement of our homes and buildings will substantially
reduce our carbon footprint.”
Coon is suggesting the following initiatives as a path to eliminate 4 million tonnes of carbon pollution over a
– Provide zero interest energy efficiency loans to help us retrofit our homes and businesses, and
upgrade to heat pump, biofuel, and solar heating systems, which will significantly cut our energy
bills and shrink our carbon footprint.
– Provide provincial support to municipal and regional transit systems which will reduce the costs
of commuting and cut carbon pollution from the transportation sector.
– Mandate NB Power to establish the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and ensure new
vehicle purchased for government are electric, and biodiesel for heavy equipment.
– Institute a program to support decentralized and district power generation with solar, wind, and
biofuels to provide electricity as close to the power consumer as possible.
– Regulate the allowable carbon pollution from the oil refinery under the Clean Air Act.
“Improving our homes and businesses, and harnessing energy from the sun, from wood, and from the wind
over the next dozen years will help New Brunswick’s many new start-up businesses in the green energy
sector to grow and prosper so they create employment, and save us money for heat, power and fuel,” said
Coon. “Building this economy for the 21st century must be a priority for Premier Gallant, so he must avoid
the temptation to waste public money attracting the polluting industries of the 20th century.”
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