Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

December 04, 2007 15:00 ET

Natural Resources Canada: Drivers, Stop Your Engines: Idle-Free Quiet Zone Launched at Truck Stops

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 4, 2007) - Natural Resources Canada is gearing up for another successful campaign to educate drivers on the harmful effects of unnecessary idling. More than 60 sites in Canada will participate in the ecoENERGY for Fleets Idle-Free Quiet Zone Campaign at truck stops across the country. The 12-week campaign encourages drivers of commercial vehicles to shut down their engines to help reduce harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to conserve fuel.

"We all have an important role to play in fighting climate change," said the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources. "This campaign shows that a simple action like turning off a vehicle can improve the health of Canadians and our environment."

The trucking industry is a vital part of our economy, with commercial fleets transporting goods and supplying services across the country. It is estimated that the average sleeper truck idles approximately 1,800 hours per year, producing approximately 20 tonnes of GHG emissions per truck.

Participating truck stops will display information about the Idle-Free Quiet Zones. In cooperation with the Government of Canada, a similar campaign was launched in the U.S. by the Environmental Protection Agency in several midwestern states.

The ecoENERGY for Fleets Idle-Free Quiet Zone Campaign highlights the government's commitment to reduce emissions of GHGs and air pollutants.

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From December 1, 2007, to February 23, 2008, truck stops across Canada will be a little quieter. Natural Resources Canada kicked off its sixth annual campaign to reduce idling to conserve fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from commercial trucks.

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

Contact Information

  • Media:
    Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
    Office of the Minister
    Louise Girouard
    Director of Communications
    613-996-2007
    or
    General public:
    Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST
    613-995-0947
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