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Canadian News Update 11th April 2019

Posted by: Chris Rocheleau
Industry News

Transport Canada & RAC commit to emissions reduction

The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Transport Canada to establish voluntary reduction targets for locomotive-produced emissions.

The memorandum calls for RAC members and Transport Canada to reduce greenhouse gasses and report on criteria air contaminants emitted by Canadian railroad locomotives. Class Is and intercity passenger railroads have committed to a 6% reduction; short line and regionals, a 3 percent reduction.

Intensity-based emission reductions will be measured against a 2017 baseline and over a period ending December 2022. RAC's commuter railroad members will continue to report on their performance under the memorandum, RAC officials said.

RAC will publish an annual report on the industry's progress in reducing GHGs.

RAC President and Chief Executive Officer Marc Brazeau said: “The rail industry moves nearly 70 percent of the country's intercity freight and 84 million passenger-trips each year, yet it produces less than 4 percent of Canada's transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. We are proud of our members' deep commitment to reducing emissions and managing their environmental footprint.”

The latest MOU supports the Canadian government's commitments under the Pan-Canadian Framework for Clean Growth and Climate Change, and its vision for green and innovative transportation as outlined in Transportation 2030, RAC officials said.

Meanwhile, Canada’s Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced this week a second call for proposals to develop innovative, “clean” technologies to improve the environmental performance of Canada’s rail system. 

Over the next three years, Transport Canada will fund $1.5 million worth of ideas to advance knowledge and technology innovation that contributes to reducing emissions, according to a Transport Canada press release. 

The funds will be granted through the Clean Transportation System Research and Development program. Proposals are due May 8. Full story.

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