Sustainable development - The STM announces concrete actions

    - Arrival of biodiesel-electric hybrid propulsion buses
    - On the road to biodiesel

    MONTREAL, March 22 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of a press conference held on
the occasion of the Youth Summit on Climate Change, Messrs Claude Trudel,
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Société de transport de Montréal
(STM), André Lavallée, member of the Executive Committee of the Ville de
Montréal and the person responsible for public transit and urban planning, and
Yves Devin, Director-General of the STM, announced concrete actions relating
to sustainable development.
    Mr. Trudel explained that the STM has revised its strategic plan and
modified its mission statement to reflect its commitment to sustainable
development. "The Société already carries out hundreds of actions related to
sustainable development, but it wanted to do more. The gesture that we are
making today clearly conveys our willingness and commitment to integrate it
into our business decisions and into the actions we undertake daily".
    Among the significant gestures made by the STM was the signing in June
2005 of the Charter of Sustainable Development of the International
Association of Public Transport (UITP). By doing so, it committed itself to
promoting the importance of sustainable development, influencing national
policies, facilitating the training and involvement of personnel and to
periodic evaluation of the quality of its practices.

    Arrival of biodiesel-electric hybrid propulsion buses

    Mr. Trudel took pleasure in announcing that the STM will acquire
biodiesel-electric hybrid propulsion buses as part of the Transport Canada's
Urban Transportation Showcase Program, with the financial collaboration of the
ministère des Transports du Québec. In fact, the STM will participate in a
joint-venture project with the Société de transport de l'Outaouais, the
objective of which is to notably test various measures targeted at reducing
GHG emissions and fuel consumption.
    The STM plans to put eight hybrid buses into service in order to evaluate
their environmental performance in various climatic conditions. These buses
will be compared to standard buses of the same generation that will serve as
control and will run on the same routes. They will be put into service on
regular routes and will circulate, in particular, in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce /
Côte-des-Neiges sector as of January 2008.
    In Montréal, this undertaking could lead to a reduction in GHGs on the
order of 330 tons annually - the equivalent of removing approximately sixty
vehicles travelling 20,000 km. Based on results obtained by King County
Transit in Seattle, these environmental gains would be the result of a 20%
reduction in fuel consumption.

    On the road to biodiesel in 2008

    Following the success of the Biobus project carried out in 2002-2003 and
involving 155 buses, the STM selected biodiesel as one of its choice to
support its commitment to sustainable development. In the coming months, the
STM will therefore take the necessary steps to progressively start fuelling
its entire bus fleet with biofuel. If everything goes as planned, the first
biodiesel fuelled buses should be launched by early 2008. This initiative will
also contribute to the reduction of GHGs. For example, the use of B5 fuel will
reduce GHGs by approximately 7 000 tonnes annually, representing the
equivalent of the elimination of some 1 400 vehicles travelling 20 000 km per
    "These initiatives demonstrate the firm willingness of the Ville de
Montréal to provide Montrealers with a more ecological environment and
much-improved air quality. Let's remember that a bus using biofuel reduces GHG
emissions by four tonnes per year. Reduction of greenhouse gases is one of the
objectives targeted by the Ville de Montréal's Transportation Plan", stated
Mr. André Lavallée.
    "The concrete actions announced today by the STM are evidence of a strong
willingness to prioritize sustainable development. I am delighted with these
initiatives that will combine with the multiple efforts that our
administration has already put in place to reconcile environmental concerns
with the development of the Montréal agglomeration", declared Mr. Alan
DeSousa, member of the Executive Committee responsible for sustainable
    "A proliferation of concrete measures is the primary means of ensuring
the fastest advancement of the sustainable development cause. From this
standpoint, it would be entirely appropriate to recognize the STM's
initiative, since it has not only made GHG emissions reduction possible, it
has also set an inspiring example of direct actions that both organizations
and individuals could themselves act to set in motion," declared Isabelle
Hudon, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.
    "I am convinced that the initiatives of the STM and the various parties
involved will have a significant impact on the quality of life of the citizens
of the Greater Montréal area and will encourage them to use sustainable
transportation in greater numbers", concluded Mr. Trudel.

For further information:

For further information: Isabelle A. Tremblay, Public Affairs, (514)
280-4940; Marianne Rouette, Public Affairs, (514) 280-5508

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