Greening Commercial Fleets
McGuinty Government Encourages Companies To Go Green
The province is helping Ontario businesses do their part to fight climate change with an enhanced program to green commercial fleets.
Under the four-year, $15-million Green Commercial Vehicle Program, companies can apply for grants to:
- Purchase hybrid and alternative-fuel vehicles
- Retrofit heavy-duty vehicles with anti-idling technologies.
Applications for the program will be available November 28, 2008. The program is retroactive to August 2007, the launch date of the Go Green Action Plan. The plan includes ambitious targets for greenhouse gas reductions by the freight transportation sector.
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40,000 tonnes is equivalent to taking about 8,000 cars off the road each year.
- Approximately 182,000 commercial vehicles operate in Ontario. Around 2,500 commercial vehicles are expected to be eligible for conversion to hybrid and alternative fuels (natural gas and propane) and use anti-idling technology.
“Our Green Commercial Vehicle Program could take up to 40,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of our air every year. Helping big and small companies to operate greener, more fuel-efficient vehicles will help us all breathe a little easier.”
“Helping businesses make the switch to fuel-efficient trucks will put Ontario companies at the forefront of green innovation and reduce pollution.”