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The province of Ontario introduced the Open for Business Act on May 17, which is expected to create a more competitive business climate while protecting the environment and public interest. The Act would harmonize the province's business practices with those of other North American jurisdictions. The proposed legislation also includes proposed amendments aimed at supporting a strong workforce, advancing fairness in the workplace, and promoting more efficient government. Reaction to the proposed legislation has been mixed.
555 Enviromation the province and spur public sector organizations and BC businesses to find innovative ways to tackle climate Alberta change.’’ Commercial Vehicle Rebate Program The investment will be allocated as follows: The Government of Alberta began offering a $2 million ● $6 million in K–12 schools throughout the province for rebate program on June 1 to commercial truck owners and heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning retrofits; operators who use hybrid trucks or install energy efficient technologies such as aerodynamic aids and technologies ● $2 million for solar thermal projects to fund solar hot to reduce idling times in their vehicles. The program is water and air systems, also supporting the 100,000 solar being administered by the non-profit organization Climate roof initiative; Change Central and aims to reduce the trucking sector’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 97,000 tonnes. ● $12 million for district energy systems; and The Alberta Motor Transport Association has worked ● $5 million for an open call for proposals to all provincial with the Alberta government since 2005 to determine how public sector organizations, similar to those in the first to help reduce GHG emissions through more efficient fuel two years of the program. use practices and technologies. In addition to financial incentives, 25 companies will also receive a tailored fleet As a result of other investments in energy efficiency analysis, which aims to demonstrate how to make their (including the creation of the Public Sector Energy Conser- fuel go further. Several workshops will also be held to edu- vation Agreement in partnership with BC Hydro in 2007, cate operators on how to reduce fuel costs by maximizing and funding from Budget 2008 in the amount of $75 million fleet performance. over three years to assist public sector organizations), the province has seen annual energy cost savings to date of For further information on eligible retrofits and how to close to $7.4 million, GHG reductions of over apply for a rebate, visit www.TrucksofTomorrow.com. 18,700 tonnes, and conservation of 38.6 GWh of electricity. Ontario Community GHG Emissions Reports Enabled Open for Business Act Introduced British Columbia has released the Community Energy The province of Ontario introduced the Open for Bus- and Emissions Inventory (CEEI) reports for all BC local gov- iness Act on May 17, which is expected to create a more ernments, providing a consistent set of 2007 energy con- competitive business climate while protecting the environ- sumption and GHG emissions for all BC communities, ment and public interest. The Act would harmonize the which can be used by local governments to track the pro- province’s business practices with those of other North gress of policies and programs designed to lower GHG American jurisdictions. emissions. Activities covered under the inventory include on-
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