The Harper Government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) support the City of Surrey’s electric vehicle fleet pilot project (20/06/2014)
Surrey, BC — Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood-Port Kells, along with Russ Hiebert, Member of Parliament for South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, and Raymond Louie, FCM first vice-president, chair of the Green Municipal Fund Council, and a member of Vancouver City Council, today announced a Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) grant for the City of Surrey. The City used the $75,400 in funding toward replacing a fleet of light-duty gasoline vehicles with four electric vehicles (EVs) which will result in reducing the City's gasoline consumption by 4,345 litres annually, and reducing lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 12,720 kilograms per year.
"The Harper Government is helping municipalities to achieve their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for their citizens through the Green Municipal Fund," said MP Grewal. "Our government is committed to investing in innovative clean energy technologies that protect the environment while promoting economic growth."
"This pilot project is another example of how our government — in partnership with the FCM — is helping municipalities like the City of Surrey to build a stronger community for all of its residents," added MP Hiebert. "This investment will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a greener future for our citizens."
"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Mr. Louie. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
This three-year pilot project will allow Surrey to determine the environmental, economic and operational impacts of operating a small fleet of electric vehicles. These impacts will be measured, in part, using a project-specific Lifecycle Costing Assessment (LCA) tool, developed in partnership with Simon Fraser University's School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering. The LCA tool measures the energy consumed throughout the "lifecycle" of a product — in this case, from mining the raw materials used through manufacturing and distribution; to the vehicle's use, re-use or recycling; and eventual disposal. The city will use this tool to provide a detailed assessment of the environmental impacts of electric vehicle operation, as compared to a gasoline proxy. The assessment will be supplemented by focus group and survey feedback to evaluate the project's success.
The project will guide the city when considering future EV expansion, and in its efforts to meet its 2010 Corporate Emissions Action Plan target of a 20 per cent reduction in corporate GHG emissions from baseline levels, by 2020.
As BC's second largest city, with a record of sound fiscal and environmental fleet management, Surrey will be able to offer guidance and best practices to other municipalities that are considering a transition to EVs.
"Exploring clean energy technology is part of the city's larger commitment to sustainability," said Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. "We have 16 EV charging stations in Surrey; in adding these EVs to our fleet we are taking advantage of Surrey's clean energy infrastructure which supports the city's overarching goal to reduce its carbon footprint."
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.