CALGARY, Alta. — Alberta is the latest province to provide rebates for truckers who invest in fuel-saving technologies.
The province has made $2 million available in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector by 97,000 tonnes per year. The rebate program, announced May 31, goes into effect June 1.
“With 80% of greenhouse gas emissions coming from the tailpipe, we all have a crucial role to play in improving Alberta’s fuel efficiency,” said Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner. “Alberta’s trucking industry drives our economy and this program is an environmental and economic win-win for the sector and province.”
The program will be adminstered by Climate Change Central. Eligible technologies include: trailer skirts and fairings ($500); end fairings ($500); cab heaters ($400); auxiliary power units ($1,500); gap fairings ($300); and hybrid commercial vehicles ($7,000).
“Financial incentives are only part of this initiative,” said Simon Knight, president and CEO of Climate Change Central. “Twenty-five companies will also receive a tailored fleet analysis showing them how to make their fuel go further, and several workshops will be held to educate operators on reducing fuel costs by maximizing fleet performance.”
The announcement was welcomed by the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA), which has been lobbying for incentives since 2005.
“Fuel obviously plays a key role in our industry and we are very pleased there is a program to help our members incorporate fuel-efficient technologies in their operations,” said Mayne Root, executive director of the AMTA. “If you bought it, a truck brought it, and this program will help the trucking industry in our goal to improve our environmental impact.”
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