Laval, Quebec – A $46,930 grant has been awarded to Laval, Quebec to develop a local action plan to reduce greenhouse gas  (GHG) emissions, including alternative transport, biofuels and fuel-efficient vehicles.

The anouncement of the Green Municipal Fund grant was made by Jean Perrault, mayor of Sherbrooke and president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).

“FCM’s Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources that specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal government,” Perrault said. “The financing and knowledge provided by the fund supports the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.”

Laval became a member of Partners for Climate Protection in 1997 and pledged to reduce its GHG emissions and fight climate change.  With the support of the FCM, it drew up an inventory of corporate and community emissions to establish a reduction goal and develop a local action plan, with the aim of reducing GHG emissions by six per cent by 2015, based on the level of its 1990 emissions.

Among reduction activities, the plan will encourage citizens to use alternative transportation, purchase fuel-efficient vehicles, reduce heavy oil consumption, or opt for bio-energy. Corporations will be encouraged to improve the energy efficiency of several municipal buildings, introduce certain fuel management equipment or systems, use biofuels for their vehicle fleets, and prioritize the purchase of “eco-energetic” vehicles.

The Green Municipal Fund is an endowment funded by the Government of Canada and managed by FCM.

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