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CNWC Policy position on the electrification of transportation

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National Director , Canadian Nuclear Workers’ Council

1990-2017: Supervising Nuclear Operator, Ontario Hydro/OPG Sector Vice President, Power Workers’ Union (PWU) 2017-2020 Special Advisor to the President-Nuclear/Regulatory/Environmental Affairs,...

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The Council believes government-supported projects in passenger CNWC SUPPORTS THE CURRENT INVESTMENT in electric transport infrasrail should continue and expand. The time has come for freight rail to receive serious attention, even if deployed only at hubs and terminals. Battery electric vehicle (BEV) charging, targeted at commercial vehicles and fleets, is a major opportunity and represents the fastest route to general electrification.

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Major electrification projects and efforts with immediate payoffs in economic stimulus, pollution emissions reduction, and general quality of life could include:

  1. Electrification, by overhead wire, of Metrolinx GO Train lines in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.
  2. The Canadian National (CN) logistics hub in Milton, Ontario, approved by the federal government on condition that it incorporate truck electrification.
  3. Expansion of transit bus battery electrification, as announced by the federal government in March 2021, with emphasis on the supporting electric distribution infrastructure.
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Matt Chester on Sep 13, 2022

This is a great point. So much of the discourse on electrifying transport is focused on personal cars because that's what we all most relate to, but the major transportation sectors for shipping and moving large amounts of people/freight are so critical to decarbonize and electrify as well.

Thanks for sharing, Bob. 

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