July 31, 2006

Ottawa provides $11M to support BC energy-efficient buildings strategy

VANCOUVER, BC-The federal government is providing $11 million to support British Columbia's energy-efficient buildings strategy. The funding supports the implementation of energy efficiency actions contained in the strategy released by the BC government last fall. It represents a combined effort by the two levels of government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and act on the province's energy efficiency and conservation goals. The strategy, developed in consultation with both public- and private-sector stakeholders, including federal agencies and utility companies, is the first of its kind in Canada, establishing cost-effective, energy efficiency targets for new and existing buildings. The federal funding comes from the Opportunities Envelope, a program designed to support cost-effective projects or programs brought forward by provinces and territories to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Its flexibility allows provinces and territories to tailor strategies to their specific needs and circumstances.

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