How an Ontario municipality cut trucking pollution without investing in infrastructure

A regional government in Ontario has tested a way to increase cargo efficiency while helping reduce carbon emissions, without spending a cent on building new infrastructure.

At the end of August, the Region of Peel, which includes the municipalities Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon, completed a pilot during which trucks made deliveries outside peak congestion hours. Initial findings show delivery time decreased by an average of 17 per cent per trip, and 23 per cent of trucks were moved off the road during peak hours.

“So many cities have our same conundrum. They are continuing to grow and there’s no money for more cargo infrastructure,” Nando Iannicca, chairman of Peel Regional Council, said in an interview. “We’d better take advantage of the infrastructure that we have.”