Media Statement: March 4th, 2014
Expansion of Carbon Neutral Capital Program Welcome News
For Immediate Release
Victoria BC – Andrew Weaver, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head, is welcoming the expansion of the Carbon Neutral Capital Program announced by The Honourbale Mary Polak, Minister of Environment today. Currently the program provides $5 million annually to school districts for improvements and upgrades to buildings and services for energy efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The extension will provide an extra $9.5 million for post-secondary institutions and health authorities.
“What is critical is that this leaves in place the Carbon Neutral Government legislation requiring the public sector to show leadership in emissions reductions. I support the expansion of the capital program to hospitals, universities and colleges. In a media release last November I also called for the government to go further to develop an offset program and provide capital funds for the conversion of school bus fleets and BC Ferries to run on compressed or liquefied natural gas. While this is good news, I remain concerned the expansion of hydraulic fracking and proposals for LNG export plants will put our legislated greenhouse gas reduction targets in jeopardy” said Andew Weaver
Mat Wright – Press Secretary, Andrew Weaver MLA
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