Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)
Pollution Probe

Pollution Probe

November 01, 2006 09:18 ET

CAA/Pollution Probe Report: Canada's Drivers Can Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 30-50%

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 1, 2006) - The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) and Pollution Probe today released Driving Towards a Cleaner Environment, a Healthier Future, with recommendations that, if implemented, could cut motorists' greenhouse gasses (GHGs) by 30 to almost 50 per cent. The report integrates the role of the motorist, the road and the vehicle into a plan for improving the environment and makes several recommendations to the federal government, including

- Developing effective fuel efficiency standards by 2010

- Investing in roads and highways in order to reduce congestion and pollution

- Supporting continued research and development of advanced automotive and fuel technologies

On October 16, CAA and Pollution Probe announced a partnership to address issues for consumers on climate change and clean air. This report is the first product of this partnership.

"Our report focuses on consumer-oriented solutions in contributing to a healthier environment while maintaining our mobility," said David Flewelling, President of CAA. "If it follows our recommendations, the federal government has a tremendous opportunity for leadership in implementing real solutions for Canadians concerned about climate change. We look forward to bringing more like-minded groups together in the future to offer real solutions."

"We will see an attitude shift among Canadians if our recommendations, which support our earlier Three-Point Eco-Mobility Plan, are implemented," said Ken Ogilvie, Executive Director of Pollution Probe. "The recommendations that we have in our report are sensible, because they take a balanced and realistic approach to mobility and the environment."

Mr. Flewelling stressed that while there is a role for consumers to play, industry also needs to be part of the solution. "This report is written to address what the federal government can do to support consumer action. We need to remember that consumer motivation to be environmentally responsible will grow only if industry is held accountable as well."

Driving Towards a Cleaner Environment, a Healthier Future is available at the new CAA website, www.caa.ca/eco-mobility .

About CAA

CAA is a federation of 9 automobile clubs serving 4.9 million members through 140 offices across Canada. CAA provides a wide range of member services and works to improve traveling and motoring conditions at home and around the world, including national advocacy efforts on both traffic safety and public policy issues that affect Canadian motorists.

About Pollution Probe

Pollution Probe is a leading not-for-profit environmental organization actively engaged in initiatives to address air quality and climate change, including conducting research, engaging partners, implementing projects, holding events and contributing to the development of new policies to honour Canada's commitment to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

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