ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—An investment of $104,800 will be made to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve water quality in St. John’s and Corner Brook in Newfoundland and Labrador, thanks to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Green Municipal Fund (GMF).
The announcement was made July 20 by Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan Jr. and FCM president Joanne Vanderheyden.
The City of Corner Brook will receive $56,200 to conduct a feasibility study with Corner Brook Pulp and Paper to investigate technical options for combining the treatment of municipal and paper mill wastewater, a release indicates. Currently municipal wastewater is not treated and is discharged directly into the Humber Arm marine environment and the effluent is treated through an activated sludge process.
The City of St. John’s will receive $48,600 to develop the Resilient St. John’s Climate Plan using a stakeholder approach and a comprehensive geospatial energy flow model, states the release, adding the approach will allow St. John’s to estimate energy use and costs in the community at a neighbourhood level as well as the potential for job creation under a future scenario.
The information is expected to be used to develop an evidence-based plan for the city to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
“Our cities and communities influence half of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions,” said Vanderheyden in a statement. “That means local action is critical. With support from the Green Municipal Fund, this is what’s happening: municipalities of all sizes are implementing smart low-carbon solutions. Empowering this local expertise is vital to meeting Canada’s climate goals.”