U.S., Canada agree to push for lower emissions at border

The top environmental agencies of the United States and Canada will work together on reducing emissions and fuel consumption by freight transportation companies — carriers and shippers — involved in cross-border trade.

In a memorandum of understanding signed Wednesday, Sept. 14 at a freight facility near the Ambassador Bridge crossing in Michigan, the Environmental Production Agency and Natural Resources Canada agreed to coordinate voluntary cross-border projects focusing on idle reduction, deployment of clean technologies and driver training and awareness.

The collaboration brings together EPA’s Smartway Transport Partnership and NCan’s FleetSmart.

EPA and NCan believe the joint initiative could save up to 440 million gallons of fuel and prevent 5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year that are related to the 13 million truck border crossings annually.