Investments in green infrastructure projects help build sustainable and resilient communities with healthy and environmentally friendly living environments. They also make it possible to find appropriate solutions to combat climate change, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and create jobs while expanding the opportunities of a green economy that will help promote the transition to a green that will help communities thrive.
Today, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Quebec Lieutenant, the Honorable Pablo Rodriguez, on behalf of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, and the Member of Parliament for Roberval, Nancy Guillemette , on behalf of the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Quebec, Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region and the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, Jonatan Julien, announced funding $2,853,000 for a project to recover waste heat from cogeneration at the forest biomass plant located in Saint-Félicien in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
The project involves building a municipal network of pipelines that will connect the plant to the nearby municipal agrothermal and industrial thermal parks. The heat pipe system will also serve four industrial buildings and other facilities that will be constructed on lands subsequently serviced by the system. The annual GHG reduction made possible by this initiative is estimated at more than 13,500 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, which is equivalent to removing more than 3,400 light vehicles from circulation.
The Government of Canada is investing $1,556,000 in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). Quebec is contributing $1,297,000 through the Electrification and Climate Change Fund, the 2030 plan for a green economy. The municipality of Saint-Félicien is contributing $1,037,000 for the project.