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Federal government invests to promote climate change

Last Updated Dec 17, 2019 at 4:36 pm MST

Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announces funding for climate action at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The University of Calgary will recieve close to $10 million from the federal government in an effort to reduce Calgary’s carbon footprint.

Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced $8.5 million would be going towards the University to reduce energy consumption on the campus.

“These retrofits will reduce greenhouse gases by the equivelant of 55 thousand cars and will result is substantial energy savings over the lifetime of the project.”

The funds will be coming from the governments Low Carbon Economy Challenge that invests in projects that reduce carbon pollutions and creates jobs.

“The shift towards a lower carbon economy is expected to generate $26 trillion and create 65 million jobs worldwide by 2030.”

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Wilkinson said the federal government is devoted to fulfilling Canada’s climate plan of reducing emessions to net zero by 2050.

“Climate change is already changing our way of life and we know what causes it. We have too much carbon polution,” stated Wilkinson.

“If we can find better, cleaner ways of doing things, we all stand to benefit.”

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He said that Canada is still very much seeing the effects of climate change.

“Earlier this year, a report from Canadian scientists demonstrated that Canada is warming at twice the global rate and almost three times as fast in the artic.”

Wilkinson said the federal government hopes to see positive innovation be created by the project.