A pooled-fund project exploring energy and greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reduction solutions for Canadian cities has been launched by the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC).
The project steering committee is finalizing its request for proposals and will soon select the project consultant.
Advanced by the Sustainable Transportation Standing Committee of the Urban Transportation Council, the Moving Smarter – Exploring Solutions for Canadian Cities project objective is to broaden the understanding of available options for reducing energy consumed for transportation and associated GHG emissions.
Over the past decade, many governments and private corporations have identified ambitious targets to reduce their energy use and GHG emissions. Since transportation accounts for about one-third of all energy consumed in Canada, significant changes to transportation behaviour, modal shares and technology are necessary to achieve these targets.
The TAC project will examine all major modes of urban transportation addressed through municipal or regional transportation and land use planning processes and policies. It will focus on light duty and heavy duty vehicles, public transit and active transportation, but exclude international movement of both passengers and freight.
A framework and toolbox for municipalities and regional agencies will be developed to explore the benefits and costs of available options for reducing transportation-related energy and GHG emissions. This will help with decision-making and planning processes aimed at reducing GHG emissions to achieve broader sustainability and efficiency goals.
These tools will help identify data gaps to better evaluate options to reduce energy use and GHG emissions from transportation sources, and suggest collaborative solutions to improve measurement and data collection methods.
The following agencies have provided funding: Transport Canada, Alberta Transportation, Nova Scotia Department of Energy, le Ministère des Transports du Québec, TransLink, Region of Waterloo, l’Union des municipalités du Québec, and the cities of Calgary, Guelph, Montreal, Quebec, Toronto and Vancouver.
Organizations interested in making a financial contribution to this project may contact Craig Stackpole.