Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Transportation & Climate Change. AASHTO Annual Meeting. Agenda. Profile of Ontario Ontario’s Action Plan on Climate Change Climate Change and the Transportation Sector
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Transportation & Climate Change
AASHTO Annual Meeting
56% of Canada–U.S. trade, and Ontario accounted for 52% of Canada’sinternational trade
vehicles, 8.9 million licensed drivers and
85,000 bus and truck companies actively operating on our roads.
Climate Change Action Plan
Climate Change Action Plan
The reduction targets are the following:
The transportation sector is one of the fastest growing contributors to GHG emissions.
Provincial GHG reduction targets as they apply to transportation:
How MTO is responding to Climate Change
Clean Fuel/Electric Vehicles
MTO is involved in an Ontario government initiative to accelerate the consumer adoption of electric vehicles in the province that will put Ontarians into cleaner, more efficient vehicles, and expand the electric vehicle market for manufacturers.
The Ontario government aims to have one out of every 20 vehicles driven in Ontario to be electrically powered by 2020.
Investing in and Supporting Transit
Since 2003, the Province has invested $8.9 billion in public transit across the province.
Since 2003, $3.7 billion has been invested in the Government of Ontario’s regional transportation system (GO Transit).
Ontario has created Metrolinx – a regional transportation authority for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
The Regional Transportation Plan
The Big Move, the Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), is a blueprint for a more sustainable transportation future in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
The Big Move sets out a 25-year plan to integrate new and existing local and regional transit.
Metrolinx estimates that full implementation of The Big Move would reduce annual GHG emissions from passenger transportation by 0.5 tonnes per person.
The Province’s MoveOntario 2020 $11.5 Billion commitment forms the foundation investment for this plan.
We are moving forward with over $9 Billion for priority transit projects identified by Metrolinx in 2009.
The Big Move 25-Year Plan
PRESTO is a centrally-operated public transit e-fare system based on smart-card technology that will have the following benefits:
No line-ups for fares
Cards loaded in person, over phone, or via the internet
Automatically calculates the best fare
Protection for lost or stolen cards
Seamless service across all transit providers
Integrated Public Transit Fare Card
Green Commercial Vehicle Program
MTO is helping businesses do their part to fight climate change with an enhanced program to 'green' commercial fleets.
The GCVP has the potential to reduce GHG emissions by 40,000 tonnes. This would be the equivalent to taking 8,000 cars off the road each year.
Speed Limiter Legislation
MTO has used legislative options to combat climate change with speed limiter legislation being a recent example.
Starting January 1, 2009, most large trucks driven in Ontario are required to use electronic speed limiters that cap their speed at a maximum of 105 kilometres per hour (~65 mph).
Speed Limiters have the potential to reduce 280,000 tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions annually.
Ontario Public Service Vehicle Fleet
A Green Fleet Target has been set to reduce 10% of the GHG emissions from the Ontario Public Service fleet over a 5 year period, ending in 2012.
Twenty per cent of eligible new Ontario Public Sector passenger vehicle fleet purchases will be electric by 2020.
MTO maintains the Ontario Public Service vehicle fleet and is in the process of ‘greening’ the fleet.
The following are some further examples of how MTO is integrating green practices into our operations.
Service Centre RedevelopmentEncouraging measures like anti-idling devices.
Success will require the Province to form partnerships with all levels of government and learn from the experiences of other jurisdictions.
The Government of Ontario recognizes its responsibility to show leadership on actions to fight climate change.
Through the action plan, Ontario has been laying the foundations to continue reducing GHG emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change
The province’s actions to date represent critical steps in meeting our emission reduction targets for 2014, 2020 and 2050 – and in charting the path to a low carbon future.
The Ontario government is committed to making further investments in the research, development and use of cleaner, more sustainable technologies.
This commitment will help position Ontario as a leading participant in the low carbon economy that lies ahead.