Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

September 10, 2009 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Fuel Efficiency in Trucking Industry

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2009) - The Government of Canada announced today a $1-million pilot initiative to encourage the use of fuel-efficient technologies for heavy-duty trucks. The initiative will partially fund successful applicants, up to $100,000, who install SmartWay(SM) certified technologies to increase fuel efficiency.

"Fuel efficiency in all sectors is important to our economy and the environment," said Brad Trost, M.P. for Saskatoon-Humboldt, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources. "By investing in fuel efficiency we will help the industry reduce fuel costs and contribute to a cleaner Canada."

Though trucking represents the fastest growing source of energy demand in Canada, a range of fuel-saving technologies are currently available on the market. For example, aerodynamic devices installed on trucks can reduce fuel costs from 2 to 7 percent, and low rolling-resistance tires can help further reduce costs up to 4 percent.

Given the large volume of heavy-duty vehicle movement between Canada and the United States, both countries are collaborating to exchange innovative ideas to promote fuel-efficient practices in commercial fleets. The SmartWay(SM) program was originally developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The SmartWay(SM)-certified technology fund is under the Government of Canada's ecoENERGY for Fleets program, which provides information, training and workshops to bus and truck drivers in Canada to improve the energy efficiency of commercial and institutional fleet vehicles.

The ecoENERGY for Fleets program is part of the Government's ecoENERGY initiative - a $3.9-billion investment in measures to help Canadians use energy more efficiently, boost renewable energy supplies and develop cleaner energy technologies.

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The Government of Canada announced a $1-million pilot initiative to encourage heavy-duty truck owners and fleet managers to invest in fuel-efficient technology. Heavy-duty truck owners and fleet managers can apply for funding of up to $100,000 under the ecoENERGY for Fleets program.

The following media backgrounder is available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media:

Government of Canada Announces Initiative to help the Trucking Industry Lower Fuel Costs

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.

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