Twenty-one Nova Scotian businesses and municipalities will receive a total of $728,000 for projects that will help reduce greenhouse gases and air pollutants. The successful applicants received the financial support from the ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change, which released its annual report today, Jan. 25. It is available at www.gov.ns.ca/ecoNovaScotia . “We are expanding on the work that earned our province awards and attention at the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “We remain committed to reducing emissions in our province to at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, while building a sustainable, green economy.” These projects are expected to reduce about 11,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases and 60,000 kilograms of major air pollutant emissions, including sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions. The ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change is supported by a grant of $42.5-million from the government of Canada for projects that reduce air emissions and create a cleaner, healthier environment. The projects supported by ecoNova Scotia will further the provincial goal of reducing greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions as spelled out by the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act and the Climate Change Action Plan. They will also help Nova Scotia be recognized as a leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy technology. Over its three years, ecoNova Scotia has funded 88 projects.Applications for funding will be accepted until Jan. 31. To apply for funding visit www.gov.ns.ca/econovascotia .