Canadian Environment Week is June 5th - 11th.

World Environment Day, Clean Air Day, World Oceans Day and the Commuter Challenge are all celebrated throughout the week.

The Commuter Challenge is a nation-wide event that promotes friendly competition among organizations and cities to see who can get the highest percentage of employees out of single occupancy vehicles and into healthier and cleaner modes of commuting such as walking, cycling, transit, carpooling, vanpooling and teleworking. ecoENERGY Efficiency for Vehicles provides both individual Canadians and Canada's commercial/institutional fleet sector with decision-making tools for buying and operating their vehicles to reduce fuel consumption. It also promotes vehicle efficiency by introducing improved vehicle fuel consumption labels and a light-duty tire information system. If we all work together we can help reduce our carbon footbprint on the planet and create a greener future for everyone.

Fuel Efficient Driver Training and Tools

Helping Canadians understand the links between their driving behaviour and fuel consumption through training and other tools is a key pillar of ecoENERGY Efficiency for Vehicles: 

  • Auto$mart targets novice light-duty vehicle drivers;
  • SmartDriver targets drivers in the commercial and institutional fleet sector; and
  • Commercial and institutional fleets will have access to practical advice, tools, and strategies offered through FleetSmart.

Purchasing Fuel Efficient Vehicles

ecoENERGY Efficiency for Vehicles also focuses on providing consumers with the information they need to make energy efficient vehicle and equipment purchasing decisions.  The program will:

  • Introduce updated energy efficiency labels for light-duty on-road vehicles; and  
  • Develop a new consumer awareness initiative that recognizes fuel efficient tires for light-duty vehicles.

Canadian version of SMARTWAY

ecoENERGY Efficiency for Vehicles will also introduce a Canadian version of the SMARTWAY Transport Partnership, a successful program launched by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2004: 

  • SMARTWAY connects freight shippers with an interest in greening their operations to a list of endorsed energy efficient freight carriers.
  • Participants are benchmarked against each other using data they submit describing their energy use and emissions.