Ontario Helps Green Commercial Fleets



    McGuinty Government Helps Companies Go Green

    TORONTO, May 1 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The province is encouraging Ontario companies to switch to greener
commercial vehicles and technologies that will help improve fuel efficiency
and reduce green house gas emissions.
    More than 1,300 applications were received from about 150 Ontario
companies for grants under the Green Commercial Vehicle Program.
    Under the four-year, $15-million Green Commercial Vehicle Program
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/programs/grants-trucks/index.shtml),
companies are able to apply for grants to:
    
    -  Purchase hybrid and alternative-fuel vehicles
    -  Retrofit heavy-duty vehicles with anti-idling technologies

    QUOTES

    "Our Green Commercial Vehicle Program aims to take up to 40,000 tonnes of
greenhouse gas emissions out of our air every year. This grant program is
helping big and small companies to operate greener, more fuel-efficient
vehicles that will help us all breathe a little easier," said Transportation
Minister Jim Bradley.

    QUICK FACTS

    -  Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40,000 tonnes is equivalent to
       taking about 8,000 cars off the road each year.

    -  132 companies will share $2.3 million in grants this fiscal year for
       almost 1,200 vehicles.

    -  Approximately 182,000 commercial vehicles operate in Ontario.
    

    LEARN MORE

    Read Go Green (http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/air/climatechange/doing.php),
Ontario's Action Plan on Climate Change.
    Read about MoveOntario 2020 and Metrolinx's plan
(www.metrolinx.com/thebigmove/index.html) to transform transit in the Greater
Golden Horseshoe area.
    Learn more about Ontario's leadership in environmental technologies
(http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/news/Product.asp?ProductID=2551&Lang=EN).

    
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For further information:

For further information: Nicole Lippa-Gasparro, Minister's Office, (416)
327-1815; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158

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