Pollution Probe and the ICCT release white paper on fuel-saving technologies for trailers in the Canadian on-road freight sector


Pollution Probe and the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) are pleased to announce the release of a new white paper: Costs and Adoption Rates of Fuel-Saving Technologies for Trailers in the Canadian On-Road Freight Sector.

Insights from the white paper will help to inform policymakers and the Canadian trucking industry on the costs, adoption levels and real-world performance of a variety of trailer technologies designed to reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions from the nation’s trucking sector. The sector is the fastest growing source of vehicle emissions worldwide, and it is expected that it will overtake passenger cars as the leading source of emissions from all transportation sectors in the next 10 to 20 years. The key findings of the white paper include:

  • Trucking fleets are adopting fuel-saving technologies based primarily on economics, and the real-world payback time for most technologies is typically only 12 to 18 months, while the average ownership cycle for trailers is 12 years.
  • Side skirts have yielded the greatest fuel savings of all aerodynamic technologies and have had the highest rates of adoption, while the uptake and fuel savings of underbody, rear-end, and gap reduction devices have been more limited.
  • Trucking fleets are strongly in favour of the harmonization of size and weight regulations for trailers across all provinces.

“We are very pleased to have been able to collaborate with Pollution Probe on this important study to better understand fuel-saving technologies for commercial trailers in the Canadian market,” says Ben Sharpe, Senior Researcher and Canada Lead at ICCT. “This research has a pivotal role as policymakers in the US and Canada assess the extent to which a greenhouse gas regulatory program for trailers can accelerate the deployment of proven cost-effective technologies for trailers and incentivize the development of future generations of products for improved efficiency.”

“The experience of the trucking sector is clear: fuel-saving trailer technologies are generating real economic and environmental benefits,” says Bob Oliver, CEO of Pollution Probe. “The white paper demonstrates that the business case for these technologies is sound, however, government policy is needed to increase the rate of market adoption, spur new innovation and make the movement of freight throughout North America more sustainable.”

For more details about the findings and to obtain a copy of the white paper, please visit:

About Pollution Probe
Established in 1969, Pollution Probe is a national, non-profit organization that exists to improve the health and well-being of Canadians by advancing policy that achieves positive, tangible environmental change. Pollution Probe has a proven track record of working in partnership with industry and government to develop practical solutions to environmental challenges. Visit www.pollutionprobe.org for details.

Contact: Derek May, 416-926-1907 x 236 or dmay@pollutionprobe.org

About The ICCT
The International Council on Clean Transportation is an independent non-profit organization founded to provide first-rate, unbiased research and technical and scientific analysis to environmental regulators. Their mission is to improve the environmental performance and energy efficiency of road, marine, and air transportation, in order to benefit public health and mitigate climate change. Visit http://www.theicct.org/ for details.


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