As part of CleanBC, the government of British Columbia is partnering with BC Trucking Association to deliver the heavy duty vehicle efficiency program to help cut greenhouse gas emissions and cut their fuel costs.
“Reducing emissions from the transportation sector is important if we are to create a cleaner future,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “This investment will both improve our air quality, with more efficient and less polluting heavy duty vehicles, as well as lower costs for operators, creating a more affordable and cleaner sector.”
Under the program, the BC government will cost-share the purchase and installation of fuel-saving equipment for heavy duty vehicles with qualified companies. As well, the government will educate the industry on driving practices that significantly cut fuel use and related GHG emissions, resulting in cost savings for drivers and operators.
“With CleanBC, we’re making transportation cleaner and more efficient – drivers, industry and the public will benefit as we support heavy duty vehicles to be more efficient and reduce pollution,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. He added “B.C. industries are already leading the way, and this project will accelerate that transition by improving performance, reducing emissions and saving money.”
Dave Earle, president and CEO of BCTA says the 66,000 heavy duty vehicles on BC roads produce about 35 per cent of GHG emissions from road transportation in the province and fuel is one of the highest operating costs for companies.
“The CleanBC Heavy duty Vehicle Efficiency Program will help industry tackle both challenges, putting fuel-saving technologies and practices within reach of more companies,” said Earle.
“BCTA strongly supports this program and the benefits it will bring to the environment and fellow British Columbians.”
The B.C. government is contributing $1.4 million annually, for up to three years, toward the heavy duty vehicle efficiency program that BCTA will deliver.
Under the CleanBC plan, the province is hoping to cut GHG emissions by 40 per cent by 2030, based on 2007 levels.