OTA asks government to help industry reduce GHG emissions

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TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is asking the province to lend a hand in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from trucks.

The Ontario lobby group has appealed to the province to consider setting up a government-industry working group to examine ways of the fuel efficiency of trucks.

"The amount of GHG emissions a truck produces is directly related to the amount of fuel consumed by that truck," says OTA president, David Bradley. "Reducing GHG emissions from trucks makes sense both from a global warming and bottom line perspective. Exploring new technologies to reduce fuel consumption is the key to reducing GHG emissions from trucks."

While the trucking industry has reduced smog emissions by more than 80 per cent and fuel consumption by 50 per cent over the last few decades, the OTA admits there’s still room for improvement when it comes to GHG emissions. The best way to go about achieving these goals is for government to help create a market place conducive to new technology through the modification of current regulations, says the OTA.

“We believe that an OTA-government committee could examine such technologies and determine if the societal benefits merit some flexibility on the weight side,” says Bradley. “In other cases it’s not a question of weight, but of cubic capacity. The end result is to improve fuel efficiency.”

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