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Harper Government Announces Support to Forestry and Transportation Sectors

Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative Expands Fuel and Carbon Emission Reduction Program

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/11/14 -- Western Economic Diversification Canada

The efficiency and competitiveness of businesses in BC's forestry and transportation sectors have been enhanced through an investment of $380,000 from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) announced today by Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

This investment will expand a diesel fuel reduction program for trucks and heavy machinery coordinated by the Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative (COAC), aimed at improving the operating efficiency of vehicles in the BC forestry and transportation sectors while reducing carbon emissions. These improvements will translate into a competitive advantage as the industry moves toward a climate of increased environmental accountability and awareness. In addition, participants will benefit from improved operator efficiencies, lower maintenance costs, reduced idling, and diminished wear and tear.

Through this investment, the Harper Government is supporting industry in the development of more efficient and sustainable business practices, and the creation of new economic opportunities.

Quick Facts

--  Funding will expand the COAC's diesel fuel reduction program for
    industrial vehicles and machinery throughout British Columbia.
--  This project supports the Government of Canada's commitment to improve
    productivity among SMEs.

Quotes

"With this funding, we are helping to create new economic opportunities while supporting the responsible development of our resources. By improving business efficiency for the forestry and transportation industries we are improving our region's competitive advantages."

- Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River

"The Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative is immensely pleased with the funding and cooperation from Western Economic Diversification Canada. Our program continues to assist the trucking industry with significant fuel savings which in turn creates a stronger bottom line for BC business. The constant ability to adjust our program to suit our client needs is driven through WD assistance."

- W. Scott Hamilton, Executive Director, Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative

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The West Means Business.

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Contacts:
Jaime Burke
Regional Manager, Consultations, Marketing
and Communications
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 604-666-1318
Email: [email protected]

W. Scott Hamilton
Executive Director
Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative
Telephone: 250-562-3368
Email: [email protected]

WD Toll-Free Number: 1-888-338-WEST (9378)
Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-877-303-3388
Website: WD is online at www.wd-deo.gc.ca.

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