Saint-Nicolas, Quebec – The Government of Canada is funding a project that will help the freight transportation sector reduce fuel use and the emission of greenhouse gases and other air contaminants.

Under Transport Canada’s Freight Technology Demonstration Fund, Quebec-based Groupe Robert will receive a contribution of up to $500,000 for a fuel reduction project.

“Our government is proud to support this project that will benefit the environment and help make the transportation sector more competitive at a critical time in our economy,” said Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services. “We are committed to reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, and this is one more step we are taking to achieve that.”

The project will use 250 data collection systems to determine which specific driving behaviours are consistent with optimal fuel economy, gathering information from more than 1,000 drivers operating in Ontario and Quebec. Drivers who continually have low rates of fuel consumption will be studied to provide a training model for other drivers. The project will run until July 2010.

The project is part of Transport Canada’s ecoFREIGHT Program, which aims to reduce the effects of freight transportation on human health and the environment.

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