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Alberta trucking industry aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

EDMONTON, Alta. -- Alberta's trucking industry is the first to enter into an agreement with the province to reduce ...

EDMONTON, Alta. — Alberta’s trucking industry is the first to enter into an agreement with the province to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of the province’s climate change plan.

The Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) inked a memorandum of understanding with the province to reduce GHG emissions. The agreement outlines how the trucking industry will achieve this, primarily by improving fuel efficiency and provide driver training and education. Alternative fuels will also be explored under the program.

The emissions reductions will contribute to Alberta’s Climate Change Action Plan target.

“As we all work together to reduce Alberta’s greenhouse gas emissions, we hope this will encourage other members of Alberta’s transportation industry to sign similar agreements with the government,” announced Dr. Lyle Oberg, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation.

The trucking sector is the first industry to jump on-board the new program.

“Alberta’s truckers are leading the way with this agreement to work on cutting greenhouse gas emissions through enhanced fuel efficiencies,” said Guy Boutilier, Minister of Environment. “This agreement will bring benefits for our environment and our vibrant economy. It makes sense and cents.”

Alberta’s transportation sector accounts for 14 per cent of GHG emissions, the province says. About 21 per cent of transportation-related GHG emissions result from commercial trucks.

“The commercial vehicle manufacturers and the transport industries have already expended significant effort to ensure progress on the environmental issues outlined in the memorandum of understanding. With the signing of the agreement, the AMTA, on behalf of our industry, is committed to continue to work with the government wherever possible,” said Jim Davis, AMTA president.

The initiative will be overseen by the AMTA, Alberta Environment, Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation and Climate Change Central. A two- to three-year work plan will be developed including initiatives and timelines, the province has announced.

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