April 26, 2004

Manitoba launches pilot project to reduce greenhouse gases

The Manitoba government is inviting local communities to submit expressions of interest to participate in the Climate Change Community Challenge (C4), a three-year pilot program aimed at helping to find solutions to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

"We believe that significant emission reductions can be achieved through the efforts of local communities," said Energy, Science and Technology Minister Tim Sale. "The ideas that come from our citizens are often the best sources of clean air options for our communities, our province and our world, and the C4 pilot project will support these grassroots initiatives to reduce emissions."

The C4 project is Manitoba's response to the federal government's One-Tonne Challenge. The province has formed a partnership with the federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to develop the pilot project, which will assist communities in creating, planning and implementing energy and resource conservation initiatives leading to reduced GHG emissions.

The province will contribute $38,000 and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities will contribute $40,000 to the initial stages of the project. Additional funding will be finalized once community and municipal participation is confirmed. The province will also hold a series of workshops to provide additional information about the C4 pilot project and help groups develop proposals and expressions of interest. The workshops will take place on Monday, May 31, in Thompson; Tuesday, June 1, in The Pas; Wednesday, June 2, at the Winnipeg Convention Centre; and Thursday, June 3, in Brandon.

More information, as well as a detailed expression of interest package may be requested from the climate change branch of Energy, Science and Technology, 204/945-6099, or downloaded from the department's Web site, www.gov.mb.ca/est/climatechange/index.html. The deadline for submission for expressions of interest is June 30, 2004.

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