Vancouver company delivers on high-powered batteries for largest hybrid ferry

BY JULIE GEDEON

Corvus Energy of Richmond, B.C. has achieved impressive fuel savings aboard the world’s biggest hybrid electric ferry through its high power lithium polymer battery solutions. “The direct fuel savings for this ferry are currently between 15 and 20 per cent,” says Brent Perry, the company’s CEO. “In a year, that amounts to enough fuel to run 600 cars and saves the equivalent amount of carbon emissions.”

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CP banks on sustainability at its new Calgary headquarters

BY JULIE GEDEON

Canadian Pacific Railway employees began moving from the company’s downtown Calgary offices to new $38-million headquarters at its Ogden rail yard in early September with all 1,900 staff members expected to make the transition before the year ends. The company is expected to save an estimated $15 million annually by occupying its own premises adjacent to key rail operations rather than continuing to rent expensive downtown offices at Gulf Canada Square.

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Data-connected vehicles and development of possible standards on the horizon

BY JULIE GEDEON

Intelligent transportation systems are embarking on a new era with vehicles communicating with each other directly or through a central infrastructure. “When a delivery truck detects black ice on a road, for example, it would be able to automatically transmit such information to a central infrastructure and/or to all of the vehicles within a fleet,” says Michael De Santis, Chair of Intelligent Transporta tion Systems (ITS) Canada.

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Receding ice pushes Canada towards new environmental and economic realities

By Julie Gedeon

The latest comprehensive report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) last month concludes the Arctic will lose a substantial amount of its sea ice. The world’s leading scientific experts predict that the extent of summer ice in the Arctic Ocean will decrease significantly, which will cause the region’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to rise considerably. The extensive summertime melting will open new sea routes that the IPPC recognizes will “have major trading and strategic implications.”

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Regional efforts seen as most effective for improving air shed quality

By Julie Gedeon

The ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver, B.C., are expanding their efforts to improve their region’s air quality as part of a draft update to their Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy. “All three ports recognize that good air quality is essential to their businesses remaining successful and continuing to expand,” says Jason Jordan, Director of Environmental programs at Port of Tacoma. “So we know it’s important to work together to remain ahead of the regulatory community with overarching goals that we can achieve in the best ways possible for each of our ports.”

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