POINTE-CLAIRE, Que. – FPInovations, Feric Division and Cascades Transport were recently named winners of the Technological Innovation award presented by the Association Quebecoise pour la maitrise de l’energie (AQME) at its Energia Gala. The research group and transport company were rewarded for their participation in the Energotest fuel-efficiency tests conducted in 2007 and again in 2008. Robert Transportation and several government bodies also participated in the tests, which measured the fuel-efficiency of dozens of fuel-saving devices.
“Considering that fuel accounts on average for close to 25% of a trucking company’s operating costs, it becomes crucial to find technological solutions to save fuel,” said Yves Provencher, business development director at FPInnovations -Feric. “With a project like Energotest, transport companies benefit from reliable data and can appreciate for themselves which technologies are most efficient and therefore implement them more rapidly. For their part, technology suppliers were able to see where their future development efforts need to be focused.”
“It was only natural for Cascades to get involved in such a project, since the protection of the environment has always been and continues to be one of our main concerns,” added Alain Boutin, director, risk management and compliance at Cascades Transport. “The Energotest 2007 campaign not only fit in perfectly with our practices, but also contributed to lowering our operating costs.” •
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