The Manitoba government has launched a second round of applications for grants to support the transportation sector with rebates for fuel-saving technology and retrofits for heavy-duty vehicles in order to bring a reduction in greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions.
The funding comes from the province and from the federal Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, which invests in projects that reduce carbon pollution, save money and create good jobs. The Efficient Trucking Program will contribute approximately 70,000 tonnes of cumulative emission reductions to Manitoba’s Carbon Savings Account and save 25.9 million litres of fuel, while supporting jobs in Manitoba’s heavy-duty mechanics industry.
Projects are eligible for rebates of up to 50 per cent on fuel-saving devices such as idling technologies, low-rolling resistant tires and trailer skirts. An applicant can request a rebate for multiple devices on a single vehicle and/or trailer, as well as for multiple devices on multiple vehicles and/or trailers owned or operated by the same applicant as part of a single application up to a maximum rebate of $20,000 per truck and trailer combination. Interested applicants have until March 31, 2022, to apply.
The Efficient Trucking Program will receive up to $5.9 million from the Government of Canada through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, while the Manitoba government is also contributing $5.9 million. The program is delivered through Manitoba’s Climate and Green Plan Implementation Office and administered by Red River College’s Vehicle Technology and Energy Centre.
The trucking industry directly and indirectly contributes more than $2 billion to Manitoba’s GDP, and directly and indirectly employs approximately 4.6 per cent of the Manitoba labour force.
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