Reducing Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions

Freight trucks accounted for 36% of total Canadian transportation GHG emissions in 2017. With truck activity increasing and fewer vehicle efficiency gains compared to light vehicles, emissions from freight are expected to surpass those from passenger movement by about 2030 in Canada. It is important to support technological solutions that facilitate a shift to near- and zero-emission on-road heavy-duty freight vehicles. That is why we support the existing Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI) and Budget 2019’s proposed tax incentives for businesses to purchase zero-emission vehicles. Targeting vehicle efficiency improvements that can benefit existing freight trucks, that will be on the road for years to come, is also important.

Fuel saving devices such as aerodynamic add-ons, low rolling resistance tires, automatic tire monitoring and inflation systems and idle reduction technologies, among others, can play an important role in reducing the fuel consumption of freight trucks.10 Though fiscal measures are expected to improve the adoption of fuel saving devices, educational tools also promote adoption. Ensuring access to easily accessible resources on best practices and technologies is imperative.

RECOMMENDED INVESTMENT [NRCan]:

1.  Establish financial incentives for fuel saving devices on heavy-duty trucks: $200 million over five years (2020-2024)

Please see also recommendations on funding zero emission vehicle rebates and urban transit.

CONTACT
Isabelle Turcotte – isabellet@pembina.org