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Update for:  November, 2005






Trucking Sector Signs Provincial Greenhouse Gas Agreement:

Truckers in Alberta have become the first provincial sector to enter into an agreement with the Government of Alberta to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.  The Alberta Motor Transport Association and the Government of Alberta have signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines how the for-hire trucking sector can capitalize on opportunities to improve fuel-efficiency and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, with measures such as: driver training, voluntary speed, idling policies and alternative fuels.  This agreement will incorporate federal mechanisms delivered through the Fleet Challenge program, administered in Alberta by Climate Change Central.  Alberta’s transportation sector accounts for 14 per cent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the province.  Approximately 30 per cent of Alberta’s transportation-related GHG emissions are generated from on-road transport trucks.

Fuel-Efficiency Driver Training:

Alberta Transportation, along with the Alberta Motor Association (AMA), has developed a fuel-efficiency driver training program that stresses driving habits and vehicle maintenance practices that can help reduce fuel consumption and save money.  This training program has been designed primarily for passenger vehicle fleets operating in urban areas, however many of the practices can be applied to larger vehicles and vehicles operating on highways as well.  This half-day course has a driving component with specialized equipment on the training vehicles that measures fuel use before and after the in-class session.  Government drivers are now taking this course in order to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from government operations and reduce fleet operating expenses.  This course is also available to other fleets based in Alberta.

If you would like more information, please contact the AMA at (780) 474-8620.

Removing Older, Inefficient Cars of Alberta Roads:

Climate Change Central and the Clean Air Foundation, have set up the Car Heaven Program.  Car Heaven Alberta is designed to make it easier to retire old cars, allowing donators to receive a minimum $50 charitable receipt.  In addition, if your vehicle is a 1994 model year or older, and currently on the road, you may be eligible to receive one of the following:

  • Six months of free transit.
  • Up to $300 toward the purchase of a new bicycle.
  • $1,000 certificate towards a new, efficient General Motors vehicle.

Donated vehicles are dismantled and recycled by a participating member of the Alberta Auto Recyclers and Dismantlers Association.  Their members are committed to the environmentally friendly processing of vehicles and their parts including: oil, fluids, mercury switches and tires.

If you would like more information, please call 1-888-441-2277, or refer to http://www.carheaven.ca/.

Agriculture Climate Change Workshop:

On November 21-22, 2005 Climate Change Central, the Government of Alberta and partnering sponsors will be hosting Carbon Connections: Climate Change Opportunities in Agriculture, in Calgary.  Day one of this conference will discuss the status of climate change policy in Canada and abroad, examine carbon trading opportunities and risks for agriculture and explain the roles of each party in emissions trading contract negotiations.  On day two, Canada’s first Mock Contract Negotiation Workshop, designed for agriculture, will utilize this knowledge to help buyers, sellers and brokers better understand each other's challenges in the upcoming marketplace.

If you would like more information, please refer to: http://www.climatechangecentral.com/.



Federal Large Final Emitter Regulations :

The federal government is moving closer to implementing large final emitter (LFE) regulations in Canada, in conjunction with their climate change plan: Moving Forward on Climate Change: A Plan for Honoring our Kyoto Commitment.  LFE regulations are designed to secure emissions reductions from Canada’s 700 largest industrial emitters that account for almost 50 per cent of total Canadian GHG emissions.  In Alberta, this will include and impact the following sectors: upstream oil and gas, oil sands, upgrading and refining, pipelines, thermal power generation, chemicals, petrochemicals, fertilizer, pulp and paper, mining, steel, aluminum and cement/lime. 

Large final emitter implementation means that Alberta’s largest industries will be subject to GHG reduction targets that can be met by:  investment in in-house reductions; purchase of emission reduction from other LFE companies; investment in domestic offset credits generated outside the LFE system; and the purchase of verified green international credits.

For more information about LFE regulations refer to: http://www.ec.gc.ca/press/2005/050716_b_e.htm


Kyoto Protocol (Conference of the Parties) Meeting in Montreal:

Canada will host the first meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Montreal in conjunction with the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention, November 28 to December 9.  The conference is an historic event.  Not only will the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change be meeting for the 11th time, but 2005 also marks the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol.  At Montreal, the first ever meeting of the Parties to the Protocol will be held parallel to the Conference of the Parties to the Convention.  The United Nations Climate Change Conference is set to be the largest intergovernmental climate conference since the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 1997.  Some 8,000–10,000 participants are expected.  Now that pan-European emissions trading has begun and the Clean Development Mechanism, as a tool to promote sustainable development and combat climate change, is operational, the conference is also attracting unprecedented business interest.



Choosing a Fuel-Efficient Vehicle:

Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency has some practical on-line tools available that can help analyze the fuel-efficiency of vehicles sold in Canada, based on year of the vehicle, class, make and model.  These on-line tools include:

  • Fuel Consumption Guide - compare various fuel consumption data for vehicles.
  • Compare Vehicles - direct fuel consumption comparisons.
  • Most Fuel-efficient Vehicles - EnerGuide vehicle award winners by class.
  • Tips on Buying a Vehicle - what to consider when shopping for a fuel-efficient vehicle.

This same site has other fuel-efficiency related information, such as: driving habits, vehicle maintenance, idling, and alternative fuels.

For more information refer to: http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/transportation/personal/index.cfm?attr=8.

More Hybrid Vehicles are On the Scene:

Hybrid vehicles increase vehicle fuel-efficiency by combining conventional engines with electric drive systems.  Below is a list of the hybrid vehicles available now in the Alberta market and those that are anticipated to be out in the near future.


Date Available

Honda Accord Hybrid Available
Honda Civic Hybrid Available
Honda Insight Available
Ford Escape Hybrid Available
GMC Sierra/Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid Available
Toyota Highlander Available
Lexus RX Available
Toyota Prius Available
Nissan Altima 2006-2007
Dodge Ram 2006-2007
Lexus GS 2006-2007
Saturn Vue 2006-2007
Chevy Malibu 2007
Toyota Camry 2007
GMC Tahoe/Chevrolet Yukon 2007
Dodge Durango 2007
Toyota Sienna Minivan 2007
Porsche Cayenne 2008


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


Peter Dzikowski
Senior Policy Advisor, Environmental Issues