Trudeau’s Arctic: Warming up to the region

K. Joseph Spears

Canada’s Liberal government was elected October 2015 and is now in the second year of its mandate. A picture is emerging of the Trudeau government policy in the Arctic. Canada and the United States entered into a Joint Policy Statement on the Arctic when Prime Minister Trudeau attended his first state visit to Washington while President Obama was still in office. The joint declaration was based upon the foundation of climate change and science-based decision-making that provided a guidepost for resource development and sustainable shipping activities, to name two of the issues addressed in the joint statement. This joint declaration is the subject matter of an article in a March 2016 issue of Canadian Sailings. With the new Trump Administration, the status of this joint declaration remains undetermined, especially given the new Administration’s avoidance of statements related to climate change.

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Agility Fuel Solutions introduces Blue iQ to allow Cummins truck engines to operate on natural gas

Agility Fuel Solutions introduces Blue iQ, its newest natural gas fuel product, at the American Trucking Association’s TMC Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition. The proprietary technology was developed through Agility’s partnership with Cummins to give natural gas vehicles the same tools diesel trucks use to optimize fuel consumption and maximize uptime.

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Opinion – What more evidence do we need? Green usually follows the money

By Theo van de Kletersteeg

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Canadian National Railways was one of three Canadian enterprises to appear on CDP’s Climate “A” list. For more than a decade CN has been the undisputed leader in North American rail efficiency, proving that when business owners streamline their operations to gain maximum productivity while maintaining safety, the environment gains. No, it’s not the reduction in the use of paper that drives measurable green achievements. In CN’s case, among other factors, it’s the utilization of well-maintained, highly efficient rolling stock, it’s the optimization of train lengths, locomotive pulling power, scheduling of crews, and the constant examination of processes and procedures to leave no stone unturned to identify additional opportunities for productivity improvements.

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Summer 2016: an assessment of Canada’s Arctic critical marine infrastructure

K. Joseph Spears

This past summer has seen the continued warming of the Arctic with a two-fold increase in average Arctic temperatures as compared to southern regions, contributing to a more intense climate impact, and decreasing sea ice concentrations. This has made ice conditions more unpredictable. The lack of sea ice cover in Canadian arctic waters saw the heavy lift ship Happy Rover transit the Northwest Passage this summer bound for the Great Lakes. It used the shorter route via Fury and Hecla Strait. Earlier in the year it had transited the Northern Sea Route over the top of Russia. Does Canada have the necessary marine infrastructure to handle increased marine activities?

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A Warming International Arctic – Has Anything Changed?

By K. Joseph Spears

Global concentrations of carbon dioxide have now have reached a consistent level of 400 parts per million (ppm) which is seen as the point at which even if carbon emissions were stopped today, it would take decades for the global concentration of CO2 to fall below 400 ppm. The implication is that the Arctic Ocean Basin will continue to see rising temperatures and diminishing sea-ice, leading to more marine and economic activity in the region as sea-ice concentrations decrease. A clear example of this is the historic voyage of Crystal Serenity, a 1,000-passenger non ice-strengthened cruise ship this past summer.

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Aluminum is upping the ante to become the green metal

By Brian Dunn

This year should be a record-breaking one for vehicle sales, thanks to strong demand for trucks and SUVs, which have replaced automobiles in driving demand. In fact, conventional auto sales in the U.S. are “dead and they’re not coming back” even if gas prices skyrocket, according to Kevin Tynan, Senior Automotive Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence, during a presentation at the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal on June 13. That’s because trucks have become more fuel efficient over the last few years due to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards first enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1975, in the wake of the Arab Oil Embargo to improve the average fuel economy of cars and trucks produced for sale in the U.S. Trucks such as the Ford F-150, Dodge RAM and GM Silverado, account for 60 per cent of all vehicle sales in North America, up eight per cent from last year, while passenger vehicle sales are down eight per cent during the same period. In addition to being more fuel efficient, vans and trucks appeal to families who deem them safer than cars and because automakers are heavily promoting them as they add more value to their bottom lines.

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The stars are beginning to line up for electric vehicles

By Brian Dunn

How big is the electric vehicle (EV) market? It’s big in places like California, but is growing here too. During a presentation at the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal on June 13, AddEnergie, of Montreal, confirmed it was launching a network for recharging electric vehicles (EVs) in five provinces. The initiative has the backing of Quebec’s largest pension fund manager, La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, while a provincial investment agency has provided $12.8 million to support the project.

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Environmental initiatives showcase port’s commitment to sustainability

From helping to engineer multi-million dollar remediation projects, to rallying teams to collect litter in local parks, Hamilton Port Authority (HPA) brings a green perspective to everything it does.

Environmental Award Winner: Yellowline Asphalt Products Ltd.

HPA recently announced Yellowline Asphalt Products as the winner of its annual Environmental Excellence Award. The annual award recognizes a port partner’s contribution to respecting and protecting the natural environment.

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Environmental Initiatives Incorporated into Activities

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) is well aware of the global environmental challenge and has a long history of incorporating environmental initiatives into its activities.

“The reduction of the Port’s environmental footprint is one of the guiding principles of our Sustainable Development Policy,” said Sylvie Vachon, the MPA’s President and CEO.

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