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Alberta Transportation Climate Change

Update for: April, 2004

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PROVINCIAL UPDATE

Shifting Gears Conference:

Climate Change Central, along with several other government, private sector, and non-government partners, will host the Shifting Gears: Sustainable Mobility for Western Municipalities conference in Edmonton on June 16-17. The conference will help municipalities implement action plans to address issues surrounding transportation volumes, land-use planning and development issues, and environmental and health concerns. Topics that will be discussed include land use, public transit, transportation demand management, and emerging technologies. The conference will feature lectures, interactive sessions, key-note addresses, hands-on workshops, panel sessions, and displays. Early registration closes May 17, and all delegates must be registered by June 11.

NATIONAL UPDATE

2004 Federal Budget Provides New Funding for Environmental Technology:

The 2004 Federal Budget provides over $1 billion in new funding over seven years to support environmental technology. This funding comes from the sale of the government?s remaining Petro-Canada shares. The budget provides:
  • $200 million in 2004/05 to Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). SDTC?s mandate includes supporting the development and commercialization of new technologies that address climate change and air quality issues.
  • $800 million will be invested from 2006/07 to 2010/11 on technologies that will help Canada address new and pre-existing environmental challenges. Potential investments include fuel-efficient and alternative fuel vehicles, clean coal, CO2 sequestration, renewable energy, and cellulose ethanol technologies.
  • $15 million over two years to develop and report better environmental indicators on clean air, clean water, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

If you would like more information, please visit:
http://www.fin.gc.ca/budtoce/2004/budliste.htm

Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Announced:

The year 2004 will be the first year that facilities will have to report annual GHG emissions, the federal government has announced. Mandatory reporting will only apply to those facilities that emit over 100 kilotonnes of GHG per year, and is expected to mainly apply to large industrial facilities such as power generating plants, steel mills, refineries, and chemical producers. All reports will be submitted to Statistics Canada, and will be due on June 1, 2005. This is the first phase in a program that will ensure a full GHG reporting system is in place by the first Kyoto Protocol commitment period (2008 ? 2012). Facilities must report on general emissions of the six GHGs listed in the Kyoto Protocol, with more detailed information being required on specific sources of emissions for CO2, methane, and N2O being required.

If you would like more information, please visit:
http://www.ec.gc.ca/press/2004/040312_n_e.htm

Federal Government Announces One-Tonne Challenge:

The Government of Canada is challenging all Canadians to reduce their annual GHG emissions by one tonne. This amounts to a reduction of approximately 20% for the average Canadian. The federal government, in partnership with communities, provinces, and territories, will actively raise awareness on how choices affect GHG emissions, and help Canadians use less energy, save money, and protect the environment. Some ways an average Canadian can meet the challenge includes reducing personal vehicle usage, changing driving habits, choosing fuel-efficient vehicles, maximizing the energy efficiency of homes, reducing home energy use, and reducing household waste.

If you would like more information, please visit:
http://ec.gc.ca/ae-ve/default.asp?lang=En&n=E0530F2A-1&offset=1&toc=show

 

INTERNATIONAL UPDATE

2007 EPA Diesel Engine Requirements:

The year 2007 will see the requirement of new on-road diesel engine technology required by the EPA. All diesel engines will have to be equipped with particulate matter (PM) filters, systems that reduce NOx, and use low-sulphur fuel. While not expected to significantly affect GHG emissions, this change will help improve air quality by reducing particulate matter emissions by more than 90%, and smog-causing NOx by 50%. While this change is only binding in the US , it is expected these engines will also be used in Canada , as manufacturers generally produce common engines for the two countries.

If you would like more information, please visit:
http://www.epa.gov/otaq/diesel.htm

EU Makes Kyoto Requirements Binding on EU Members:

The European Union (EU) has made all provisions of the Kyoto Protocol legally binding for EU members. The decision relates mainly to the ways emissions are monitored, reported, and reviewed, as the targets for the EU of the Kyoto Protocol became binding in 2002. The decision also applies to the ten countries which joined the EU last May.

If you would like more information, please visit:
http://europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.gettxt=gt&doc=IP/04/322|0|RAPID&lg=EN

 

UPDATE SUPPLEMENT

Ford will Test Fuel Cell Focus in Vancouver:

Four Ford Focus cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells will be tested in Vancouver starting late this year. This will be one of the first long-term tests of fuel cell vehicles, which will last for several years. The fuel cells will be manufactured by Ballard Power Systems, which is based in Vancouver . Natural Resources Canada and Fuel Cells Canada are also partners in the test. At least one of the vehicles will be used by the City of Vancouver

Hydrogen fuel cells produce electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen. While it may take 10-15 years for fuel cells to become widely available for use in vehicles, they are seen as a promising way to reduce GHG emissions as their only by-products are water and heat.

If you would like more information, please visit:
http://www.ford.com/en/vehicles/specialtyVehicles/environmental/fuelCell/default.htm

Canada's Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicles:

The Office of Energy Efficiency EnerGuide Awards are presented each year for the most fuel-efficient vehicles in various vehicles classes. Winning vehicles are determined by testing that simulates 20,000 kilometres of driving (55% city, 45% highway) annually.

If you would like more information about the awards, including a list of winners, please visit:
http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/transportation/personal-vehicles-initiative.cfm

Wider Variety of Hybrid Vehicles is Becoming Available:

Several automobile manufacturers plan to introduce hybrid-powered vehicles in the next few years. Hybrid vehicles increase vehicle fuel efficiency by combining conventional engines with electric drive systems. Below is a list of the vehicles with their announced introduction dates.

 

Vehicle

Date Available

Chevrolet Equinox 2007
Dodge Ram Fall/Winter 2004
Ford Escape Hybrid Fall 2004
Ford Explorer Cancelled
Ford Futura 2005
GMC Sierra/Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid Available
GMC Tahoe/Chevrolet Yukon 2007
Honda Accord Hybrid Fall 2004
Honda Civic Hybrid Available
Honda Insight Available
Lexus RX400h Fall 2004
Mercedes R-Series 2005
Saturn Vue Hybrid Spring 2006
Toyota Camry Hybrid 2006
Toyota Highlander 2005
Toyota Prius Available

Prepared by Alberta Transportation and Alberta Environment          

This information is available on the Alberta Transportation web-site at
http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/

Contact: Peter Dzikowski
Senior Policy Advisor, Environmental Issues
Phone:(780)415-0682
E-mail:peter.dzikowski@gov.ab.ca