June 18, 2007

Hamilton awarded Silver rating in new E3 Fleet program

VANCOUVER, BC-The Fraser Basin Council has awarded Hamilton's public works department a Silver rating for excellence in "greening" its vehicle fleets under a new national program known as E3 Fleet. The Council, which oversees the E3 Fleet program, based the rating on the city's achievements in increasing the fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleets by 5% for every kilometre travelled and decreasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2% per km betweeen 2005 and 2006. The rating also recognized best management practices such as Hamilton's adoption of a green fleet plan, an idling reduction program, fuel data management and a green vehicle purchasing policy. Since transportation accounts for 40% of GHG emissions, the Fraser Basin Council decided it was timely to develop a review and rating program for this sector, similar to ratings that already exist for green buildings. E3 Fleet is a unique program in Canada, and a first in North America. More information is available on the program Web site, www.e3fleet.com. The site also features Canada's Green Fuels Map showing where drivers can purchase biodiesel, propane, natural gas, hydrogen and ethanol.

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