Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson, and Manitoba’s Minister of Conservation and Climate, Sarah Guillemard, launched the application process for Manitoba’s Efficient Trucking Program on March 6, 2020.
“Manitoba is committed to becoming Canada’s cleanest, greenest, and most climate-resilient province. We are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a meaningful, real way, and we are dedicated to helping industry make important energy-saving changes that will benefit both the environment and the economy,” says Guillemard. “We believe the trucking industry wants to do their part to reduce carbon emissions, and this program will help us collectively transition to a low-carbon economy, creating a more sustainable and prosperous future for all Manitobans and Canadians.”
The program is accepting proposals that will support retrofits in the transportation sector. Eligible applicants can receive a rebate of up to 50 per cent on fuel-saving devices and technologies like idling technologies, low rolling resistant tires and trailer skirts. The program will be delivered by Red River College and will reduce energy consumption and emissions in Manitoba. Interested applicants with innovative technologies have until March 31, 2020 to apply.
“Red River College is proud to play a role in driving sustainability forward through Manitoba’s Efficient Trucking Program. This initiative builds off the College’s commitment to sustainable technology and to cultivating meaningful partnerships that will benefit not only our community in Manitoba but will also contribute to a positive ripple effect of fuel efficiency in the heavy-vehicle industry across the country,” says Christine Watson, interim president and CEO of Red River College.
The program will receive up to $5.9 million through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund. The Government of Manitoba is also contributing $5.9 million toward the program.
Applicants can request a rebate for multiple devices on a single vehicle and trailer, as well as multiple devices for multiple vehicles and trailers owned or operated by the same applicant as part of a single application up to a maximum rebate of $20,000 per truck and trailer combination.
New heavy-duty vehicle GHG regulations and investments in low-carbon transportation are important parts of Canada’s climate plan. These regulations will make the transportation sector more competitive by saving new vehicle owners approximately $1.7 billion in fuel costs annually.
For further information on how to apply for this program, click here.
Featured image from the Government of Manitoba.