McGuinty Government Helps Ontario Drivers Go Green

    Environmentally-Friendly Transportation Options Will Reduce Greenhouse

    ETOBICOKE, ON, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government today announced
three new initiatives to encourage commuters and businesses to reduce
greenhouse gases, the latest step in the government's climate change plan,
announced Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield and Environment Minister
Laurel Broten.
    "Thousands of Ontario drivers are already going green - we want to
encourage even more to do the same," said Cansfield. "By rewarding drivers and
businesses who switch to clean fuel-efficient vehicles, we can reduce
pollution and help put Ontario companies at the forefront of green
    Today, the McGuinty government announced its plan to begin stakeholder
consultations with vehicle manufacturers and environmental groups to develop a
green vehicle program that will rate cars, light trucks and commercial
vehicles using environmental criteria. Through consultation, incentives will
be identified to encourage people to buy green vehicles that will be
recognized with an Eco-licence plate, to be launched the summer of 2008.
    The McGuinty government is investing $15 million over four years for a
pilot to help businesses convert to more environmentally-friendly
technologies, such as hybrid power. The project will help the government and
industry learn more about the technology, spur investment and help make
medium-duty hybrid trucks more affordable for Ontario businesses.
    Ontario will also increase the use of cleaner fuel in its own fleet by
installing two new ethanol fuelling stations in the province, Minister Broten
announced. These new facilities could also be made available to other users,
such as municipal fleets once they are operational.
    "Every Ontarian has a role to play in protecting our environment from the
effects of climate change," said Environment Minister Laurel Broten. "Reducing
our greenhouse gas emissions by using cleaner fuel will make a critical
difference in our province going forward."
    "Ethanol is an important part of our plan to ensure Ontario has the
clean, green energy it needs to prosper and grow," said Energy Minister Dwight
Duncan. "Increasing our use of ethanol will help clean up our air and provide
significant economic benefits for Ontarians through the development of new
technologies, approaches and industries."

    Helping Ontario drivers and businesses go green is just one way the
McGuinty government is moving forward on its Climate Change plan. Other
initiatives include:

    -   MoveOntario 2020, a $17.5 billion-plan to expand public transit in
        the Greater Golden Horseshoe area
    -   The Municipal Eco Challenge Fund, a three-year, $220 million loan and
        grant program to help municipalities reduce greenhouse gas emissions
    -   The Next Generation Jobs Fund, which will make $650 million available
        to develop clean cars, fuels and other technologies

    The McGuinty government is developing a more sustainable transportation
system that balances investments in highways and transit to ease congestion
and reduce smog and harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jamie Rilett, Minister
Cansfield's Office, (416) 327-9134; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch,
Ministry of Transportation, (416) 327-1158; Anne O'Hagan, Minister Broten's
Office, (416) 325-5809; John Steele, Communications Branch, Ministry of the
Environment, (416) 314-6666; Public Inquiries: (416) 235-4686 (GTA),
1-800-268-4686 toll free, 1-866-471-8929 TTY

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