Truckers lead the way in green efforts

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OTTAWA, Ont. — A new federal government report credits the trucking industry for leading the way among freight transportation modes when it comes to energy efficiency improvement.

The report, entitled Energy Efficiency Trends in Canada 1990 to 1999, was prepared by the Office of Energy Efficiency and released last month by Natural Resources Canada (NRC). It examined energy efficiency trends in various sectors, including freight transportation.

The NRC report showed that heavy trucks are the single largest contributor to a general increase in energy efficiency in the Canadian freight transportation sector.

From 1990 to 1999, the heavy truck sector recorded a 45.9-petajoule improvement in fuel efficiency. By comparison, the freight rail sector only recorded a 22.7-petajoule improvement, while the marine industry improved by 1.44 petajoules.

According to NRC, the fuel efficiency improvement attained by the trucking industry has had the equivalent impact of removing 50,000 heavy trucks — or 13 per cent of the heavy truck population — from the road.

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