More federal funding for green transportation

Ottawa, Canada – The federal government has outlined further investment plans to improve the environmental performance of the Canadian transportation sector, bundling funding for sustainable freight and personal vehicles with a previously announced program under the new “ecoTransport Strategy”.

The Strategy includes the recently announced ‘ecoMobility program’, a potential $10 million investment over four years to support public transit and sustainable transportation options for Canadian cities. The funding will go towards collaborative research, development of professional resources, implementation of cost-shared pilot projects, and dissemination of information to encourage people to reduce car use, increase transit ridership, and promote alternative options such as car-pooling.

  • See: $1.5B EcoTrust Program announced

  • Added to that previous announcement are the ‘ecoTechnology for Vehicles Program’, the ‘ecoENERGY for Personal Vehicles Program’, and the ‘ecoFreight program’.

    The ecoTechnology program will provide up to $15 million in funding for testing of environmentally friendly technologies for light-duty vehicles, and promotion of low-emissions vehicles will also be undertaken through partnerships with the automotive industry.

    The ecoENERGY for Personal Vehicles Program will spend up to $21 million to provide fuel consumption information and tools to encourage consumers to purchase currently available fuel-efficient.

    The ecoFreight initiative will provide up to $61 million to reduce air pollution from freight transportation, by “accelerating adoption of emissions-reducing technology”.

    Program components include:

    • A National Harmonization Initiative for the Trucking Industry to identify regulatory barriers and solutions to help the Canadian trucking industry adopt emissions-reducing technologies.

    • ecoENERGY for Fleets, to reduce fuel use and emissions in commercial and institutional fleets via training, sharing of best practices, anti-idling campaigns, and technical analysis to look for potential improvements and other technology opportunities.

    • Freight Technology Demonstration Fund: cost-shared demonstrations to test and measure new and underused freight transportation technologies in real-world conditions.

    • Freight Technology Incentives Program: cost-shared funding to companies and non-profit associations in freight transportation to help them to purchase and install proven emission-reducing technologies.

    • ecoFreight Partnerships: partnerships within the transportation sector to reduce emissions from freight transportation through voluntary actions.

    • Marine Shore Power: demonstrating the use of shore-based power (known as’cold-ironing’) - for marine vessels in Canadian ports.

    Details on the ecoTransport strategy are available here.

    Road transportation in Canada accounted for around 145 Megatonnes (Mt) of greenhouse gas emissions in 2004 – 19% of the national total. Of that amount, 34% (49.8 Mt) was from light-duty gasoline vehicles, or personal cars, and 30% (43.6 Mt) was from light-duty trucks, including sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks. Heavy-duty diesel vehicles, which comprise most of the commercial shipping fleet, accounted for 31% (44.9 Mt).

    For More Information: Transport Canada

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