Federal partnership delivers biofuel station to Winnipeg



    WINNIPEG, Jan. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Polluting emissions in Winnipeg will be
reduced following today's unveiling of a new WinSmart biodiesel fuelling
station that will supply Winnipeg's municipal fleet with B10 biodiesel. The
Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Democratic Reform), announced
that the federal government has invested $185,325 in this portion of the
WinSmart showcase. The Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba and the
City of Winnipeg have invested in this project.
    "Our government is proud to be investing in this green transportation
alternative for the Pembina Corridor," said Minister Fletcher. "This federal
investment will help reduce environmental impacts, support innovative
technologies and help boost the economy right here in Winnipeg."
    The biofuelling station is part of a number of integrated green
transportation measures that the City of Winnipeg is implementing under
WinSmart, which has received funding under Transport Canada's Urban
Transportation Showcase Program. Under the program, Transport Canada is
providing this funding to increase the supply and awareness of alternative
fuels in Winnipeg.
    "The Manitoba Government is a strong advocate for the aggressive
development and use of biofuels in our province," said the Honourable Jim
Rondeau, Manitoba's Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mines. "The
opening of this facility will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Winnipeg
and will go a long way in helping us reach our climate change commitments."
    "This biodiesel project demonstrates our commitment to explore and
identify energy-efficient alternatives, and continue reducing greenhouse gas
emissions in the City of Winnipeg," said Mayor Sam Katz. "We are confident
that this pilot project will lead to the expanded use of cleaner-burning fuels
in our entire fleet of city vehicles."
    A backgrounder with further information about the Urban Transportation
Showcase Program and WinSmart is attached.


    
                                 Backgrounder
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                    URBAN TRANSPORTATION SHOWCASE PROGRAM
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                                 AND WINSMART
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    Transport Canada's Urban Transportation Showcase Program is a $35-million
program that demonstrates, evaluates and promotes effective strategies to
reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from urban transportation.
    The program collaborates with other jurisdictions to gain experience in
Canada with green technologies and practices that are used in other countries.
Financial, emissions and efficiency results from the green transportation
showcases are measured and published to make it easier for other cities to
adopt successful strategies.
    Together with regional transportation authorities, municipalities and
provinces, the program co-funds a Canada-wide series of green transportation
showcases. These showcases combine the purchase of leading-edge technologies
with the construction of infrastructure and the enhancement of planning and
services to improve transportation in Canadian cities while reducing GHG
emissions.
    The City of Winnipeg was selected in November 2003 as one of eight
Canadian municipalities to showcase innovative transportation-related
technologies to reduce GHG emissions. The others are the Greater Toronto Area
and Hamilton; Greater Vancouver; Halifax; Quebec City; Montreal and Gatineau,
Quebec; Whitehorse, Yukon; and the Region of Waterloo, Ontario.
    Winnipeg's WinSmart showcase will receive up to $2.2 million in federal
funding. WinSmart focuses on the city's Pembina Corridor. This 15-kilometre
corridor is one of the fastest growing and most heavily used areas of the
city. Initiatives include transit priority measures; multimodal transit
stations; local transportation demand management programs; efficient use of
cars and trucks; active transportation infrastructure; community marketing;
and the biodiesel fuelling station.
    The fuelling station will supply vehicles in Winnipeg's municipal fleet
with B10 biodiesel, a blend of 10 per cent biodiesel and 90 per cent
conventional diesel fuel. Biodiesel is an alternative fuel for use in diesel
engines that is made from natural renewable sources, such as vegetable oils,
and that does not contain petroleum.
    For more information on the Urban Transportation Showcase Program, visit
www.tc.gc.ca/programs/environment/utsp/menu.htm.

    
                                                               January 2009
    




For further information:

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Minister, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, John
Baird, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca.
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