November 1, 2004

OEE's third Idle-Free Quiet Zone campaign targets trucking sector

BRANDON, MAN-Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) has launched its third annual Idle-Free Quiet Zone campaign at 82 truck stops and other sites across Canada. The purpose of the ten-week campaign, which runs until December 10, is to educate the trucking industry about the harmful effects of unnecessary engine idling. Drivers are being asked to turn off their engines when parked in "quiet zones" and are receiving information on the effects of idling on noise levels, air pollution and fuel costs. The OEE estimates that idling trucks emit an estimated 3,080 to 7,700 tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHGs) per truck stop each year. Truck drivers can reduce both emissions and fuel and maintenance costs by changing operating practices and installing technologies that reduce the need to idle such as in-cab heaters and auxiliary power units. Owners of Class 6, 7 and 8 trucks and buses licensed for commercial service in Canada are eligible to receive rebates for approved equipment purchased after August 12, 2003. For more information on the rebates, call 1 800 387-2000 toll-free or visit www.oee.nrcan.gc.ca/fleetsmart .
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