Clean Air Foundation

Clean Air Foundation

March 21, 2007 13:25 ET

Clean Air Foundation Applauds Federal Government's Commitment to Get Old Polluting Cars off the Road

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 21, 2007) -

Attention: news, assignment and environment editors and reporters

The Clean Air Foundation (CAF) commends the federal government for its commitment to reduce on-road emissions by supporting accelerated vehicle retirement programs. The 2007 Federal Budget promises $36 million over the next two years for vehicle "scrappage" programs.

Environment Minister John Baird, Transportation Minister Lawrence Cannon and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty highlighted the scrappage program and other initiatives at 12:30 p.m. today at the Transport Canada Vehicle Test Centre, 2780 Sheffield Rd in Ottawa. The Clean Air Foundation was in attendance to represent its Car Heaven program, which is focused on the early retirement of old, higher-polluting vehicles and promotes a shift to new, cleaner and more efficient forms of transportation.

"The Clean Air Foundation is extremely pleased with the federal government's decision to support programs like Car Heaven," said Fatima Dharsee, Car Heaven Program Manager. "We look forward to the opportunity to work closely with the government and our partners to deliver an effective program which has a tangible and measurable impact on the environment."

To date, the Car Heaven program has removed 50,000 vehicles from Canada's roads and raised over $2 million for charity. In 2006, Car Heaven prevented the release of more than 26,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, 8,000 tonnes of carbon monoxide emissions and 2,000 tonnes of smog-forming emissions. It would take almost 730,000 brand new vehicles to emit the same amount of smog-forming emissions as the 50,000 that have been retired through Car Heaven.

For more information on the Car Heaven program please visit www.carheaven.ca.

About Car Heaven

Car Heaven operates across Canada and offers potential donors the free tow of their retired vehicle (valued at $200), a charitable tax receipt from a charity of their choice (minimum $50), and the guarantee that their old vehicle is recycled in an environmentally responsible manner. In addition, Car Heaven donors whose vehicles are 11 years or older and in running condition may be eligible to receive a $1,000 incentive towards the purchase of a new GM vehicle.

About Clean Air Foundation

The Clean Air Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing, implementing and managing public engagement programs and strategic approaches that lead to measurable emissions reductions, to improve air quality and protect the climate. The Clean Air Foundation manages seven public engagement programs - Car Heaven, Mow Down Pollution, Keep Cool, Switch Out, Cool Shops, Climate-Air Connections and Chill Out.

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