Government of Canada announces freight efficiency program

by Canadian Shipper

The Government of Canada has announced a new four-year program with aim to help the freight transportation sector reduce the growth of greenhouse gas emissions through a combination of financial incentives, awareness programs and pilot projects.

"Through the Freight Efficiency Program, we will work with the freight sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada by supporting innovation within and across modes to enhance the efficiency of the freight transportation system,” said Transport Minister Tony Valeri.

This $11 million program is part of $32.3 million allocated for the Commercial Transportation Energy Efficiency and Fuels Initiative announced on August 12, 2003. This program falls under the Climate Change Plan for Canada.

The Commercial Transportation Energy Efficiency and Fuels Initiative is a four-year program co-led by Transport Canada and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). Transport Canada is managing the Freight Efficiency Program and NRCan is responsible for the Commercial Transportation Energy Efficiency Rebate Program.

The Freight Efficiency Program aims to reduce the growth of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada’s freight transportation sector through:

 providing financial incentives to encourage the use of efficiency-enhancing technologies, equipment and practices in the rail, marine and aviation sectors;
 facilitating the sharing of information; and
 establishing new awareness programs for shippers and freight forwarders to help them make more informed modal choices.

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