“Clean technology” helping Nova Scotia businesses
Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau visited a number of cleantech projects yesterday in Halifax Regional Municipality. Tour stops included the Seaport Farmers’ Market, Halifax Water Commission, Halifax C&D Recycling and Carbon Sense Solutions.
“Nova Scotia businesses are developing and implementing some incredibly progressive environmental technologies,” said Belliveau. “Cleantech is not only making this province more globally competitive, it’s making life better for residents and municipalities through cost savings and an improved environment.”
The Seaport Farmers’ Market, supported in part by the ecoNova Scotia fund for Clean Air and Climate Change, is considered a major victory in the green movement and one of the most energy-efficient buildings in North America, according to the Government of Nova Scotia. The green roof, rainwater collection system, geothermal wells and a living wall are among the highlights at the market.
Carbon Sense Solutions, also supported by ecoNova Scotia, has developed technology to produce low carbon concrete. The Halifax Water Commission plans to install turbines to recover waste energy and generate electricity. Halifax C&D Recycling is an example of the green economy at work, says the government, by reusing and recycling waste products for profit.
Clean technology or cleantech is technology that helps grow the economy while addressing energy and environmental challenges. The provincial government says the cleantech sector in Nova Scotia is creating good jobs, developing new products for the province and export, and helping Nova Scotia businesses become more globally competitive.
Over the past three years, the $42.5-million ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change, a grant from the federal government, has funded more than 140 clean technology projects. By supporting projects that reduce greenhouse-gas and air-pollutant emissions, the government says ecoNova Scotia is helping the province meet the objectives of the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act and the Climate Change Action Plan.
For more information, visit www.gov.ns.ca/ecoNovaScotia.
October 13, 2010 By John Gilson
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