A Greener Transportation Strategy

A vital component of the Green Agenda is a ‘Greener Transportation Strategy’ which includes the following proposals:
• Invest in Canadian production of green cars to ensure our auto industry remains viable in a world craving more green cars.
• Create a vehicle purchasing consortium to create a market for greener vehicle production.

• Offer a significant GST rebate on the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles.
• Provide incentives to businesses and corporations to green their transportation fleets.
• Provide federal government support for pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in communities.
• Bring in mandatory vehicle emission standards, for all vehicles sold in Canada.
• Increase support for rail transport as a more energy efficient means of moving freight and people.

More about our Greener Transportation Strategy

• Invest in Canadian production of green cars to ensure our auto industry remains viable in a world craving more green cars.

Government incentives would be provided tomanufacturers who develop and manufacture here in Canada cars with low or zero greenhouse gas emissions.

• Create a vehicle purchasing consortium for governments at all levels in order to create a market for greener vehicle production resulting in lower costs to
consumers who also want to purchase green vehicles.

• Offer a significant GST rebate on the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles, with the rebate increasing with the vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

GST-exempt purchasers should receive the cash equivalent discount. This would reward people who make better environmental
purchases.

• Provide incentives to businesses and corporations.

Businesses would green their transportation fleets by increasing fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

• Provide federal government support for pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in communities as part of a commitment to sustainable transport.

In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving pedestrian and cycling infrastructure will help Canadians be more active resulting in further
health benefits.

• Bring in mandatory vehicle emission standards, for all vehicles sold in Canada.

This initiative would see Canada join with California and the New England states whose standards have achieved an average of 25 per cent reduction to light-duty vehicle emissions.

• Increase support for rail transport as a more energy efficient means of moving freight and people.

Incentives would be provided to rail companies to improve their rolling stock and infrastructure. Via Rail would be provided with increased funding
so as to provide a practical alternative to other transportation use, particularly single occupant cars.

Within seven years, the Greener Transportation Strategy would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5.5 megatonnes, create thousands of jobs and save businesses and Canadians millions of dollars through lower energy and transportation costs. Using today’s dollars this strategy would cost $400 million per year.

This Update from Libby was posted on October 1, 2006
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