Canadian Govt Joins Hand with Nunavut for Renewable, Energy-Efficiency Projects

With an aim to lower emissions, create conditions for clean jobs, and make life more affordable for Canadians, the Government of Canada has entered into partnership with Nunavut to ramp up renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the country.

August 21, 2020. By Manu Tayal

With an aim to lower emissions, create conditions for clean jobs, and make life more affordable for Canadians, the Government of Canada has entered into partnership with Nunavut to ramp up renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the country.

In line with this, the Minister of Northern Affairs, Daniel Vandal, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson, and the Premier of Nunavut and Minister of Environment, Joe Savikataaq, announced an investment to support the South Baffin Energy Management Project.

This project will further help in improving energy efficiency and introduce renewable energy in 45 buildings owned by the Government of Nunavut in 6 communities that make up the South Baffin region.

Under this agreement, the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Community and Government Services is supporting the community’s initiatives, with retrofits such as implementation of solar panels; upgrading lighting to LEDs; applying mechanical and control-system upgrades; taking building-envelope measures, such as air sealing; and installing water-saving fixtures.

Speaking on the occasion, Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, said “even during this unprecedented time, we cannot stop the fight against climate change. Northern Canadians are among those witnessing climate change first-hand. By working together on practical and affordable solutions like the one in South Baffin, we are reducing carbon pollution, driving clean innovation, creating good jobs, and supporting healthier communities.”

Additional measures will include retrofitting the territorially owned federal building in Iqaluit, outfitting 9 community buildings with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, and equipping one building with a solar hot-water system.

“Canada's North is disproportionately impacted by global warming. The Government of Nunavut is working hard to combat any negative effects by enhancing the use of reusable-energy resources and implementing new energy-efficient equipment and technologies to reduce our climate change footprint. The South Baffin Energy Management Project is a great example of the innovative approaches our government is taking to reduce carbon emissions while also creating new employment opportunities for Nunavummiut,” said Joe Savikataaq, Premier of Nunavut and Minister of Environment.

Besides, the South Baffin Energy Management Project will receive around USD 18.3 million through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund. The Government of Nunavut’s Department of Community and Government Services is also contributing USD 8.6 million.

Meanwhile, the Canadian government said that it will continue to work with the Government of Nunavut to bring forward climate change measures that have a positive impact on northern communities and help Canada exceed our 2030 target and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

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