Canadians who have made great strides in becoming more energy efficient were rewarded for their efforts yesterday at the Canada’s Energy Efficiency Awards ceremony at the National Arts Centre, and Bison Transport was the sole winner of the transportation sector award.
The Honourable R. John Efford, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, was on hand to present the awards to this year’s 15 winners and nine honourable mentions.
The annual awards recognize Canadian businesses, industry, institutions, governments, communities and individuals, and raise awareness that energy efficiency is a key part of Canada’s response to climate change.
Bison Transport of Winnipeg, Man. was honoured for its efforts with the Tatonka Fuel Management Skills Development Program. Tatonka, named for an Aboriginal word for bison, features instructor-led discussions, computer-based modules and a full-motion vehicle simulator.
Bison has its 800 drivers participating in this extensive training program, where they learn about progressive shifting techniques, the value of reduced idling and managing speed and space effectively.
A test group of 82 drivers, reduced fuel consumption by three per cent which would mean that Bison would save $750,000 each year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.2 million kilograms each year as well.
“With 675 tractors and 1,450 trailers serving customers in six Canadian provinces and 48 American states, Bison Transport takes fuel efficiency extremely seriously,” said Jon Sigurdson, Bison’s fuel manager. “Our goal is to continue to have one of the most fuel-efficient fleets in North America.”
Canada is a world leader in many aspects of energy efficiency, and the awards program celebrates and publicizes the country’s successes.
Industry, academia, business and government are working together to achieve the greatest benefits from energy efficiency. Canadians are creating new jobs, new products and new services with their efforts in establishing a more energy efficient environment.
“All of the award winners show that Canadians are interested in energy efficiency, and they are increasing our capacity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Efford. “When it comes to climate change, cooperation is key. These awards are a great example of individuals, business and governments working together to get results.”
Canada’s Energy Efficiency Awards are managed by the Office of Energy Efficiency of Natural Resources Canada, for more information, visit www.oee.nrcan.gc.ca/awards
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