November 27, 2006

CAA-Quebec, Pollution Probe team up to offer advice on reducing driving-related GHG emissions

QUEBEC CITY, QUE-Recommendations in a report released by the Quebec branch of the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) could, if implemented, cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by automobiles by 30 to almost 50%, says the association. The report, Driving Towards a Cleaner Environment, a Healthier Future, was produced through a new partnership between the CAA-Quebec and Pollution Probe. The partnership aims to promote a range of actions to protect the environment, especially when it comes to climate change and clean air. The report's recommendations for consumers are aimed at creating a healthy environment while preserving the principle of mobility. Advice to the federal government addresses, among other things, the need to implement effective fuel efficiency standards by 2010. The report also encourages support for research and development on advanced automobile and fuel technologies that will offer motorists true choice when it comes to energy-efficient vehicles. Finally, it emphasizes the importance of investing in road infrastructure to ease traffic congestion, which would help curb pollution. "The recommendations that we have in our report are sensible, because they take a balanced and realistic approach to mobility and the environment," said Pollution Probe executive director Ken Ogilvie. Sophie Gagnon, CAA-Quebec's director of public and government relations, also announced the launch of a "microsite" called The Road to Green: Making the Shift to Eco-Driving. "It reminds all motorists that they have the power, by taking simple actions one at a time, to reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions and help enhance the quality of their environment. To that end, it contains a host of tips and advice, along with facts about the reality of climate change," she explained. Links to the Driving Towards a Cleaner Environment, a Healthier Future report and to The Road to Green microsite may be found on the CAA-Quebec Web site, www.caaquebec.com.

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