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Published on : Wednesday, December 9, 2015
The Manitoba government is partnering with the Winnipeg Airports Authority to invest in cutting-edge, green technology to electrify vehicles at the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.
“Thanks to our clean, green hydroelectric power, we are well positioned to be a leader in the conversion to electric vehicles which do not emit greenhouse gases,” said Premier Selinger. “This partnership will result in creating opportunities for everyone, from members of the public to taxi drivers and airport employees, to make greater use of electric vehicles.”
The province’s investment will support the installation of up to eight new public electric-charging stations at James Armstrong Richardson International Airport and support the installation of up to six more charging stations that will enable airlines and ground-handling operators to convert gas baggage tugs to electric tugs, the premier said.
The premier added this investment helps reduce the use of fossil fuels and means Manitobans will have their luggage delivered to their flights in an environmentally sound manner.
Today’s announcement builds on previous provincial investments in public charging stations at The Forks and Assiniboine Park. In the coming months, the province is also proposing to launch a broader program that will support further investments in public electric vehicle charging stations in other areas of Manitoba, Premier Selinger said.
“Taking leadership in environmental stewardship, Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is on a journey toward becoming a carbon neutral facility,” said Barry Rempel, president and CEO, Winnipeg Airports Authority. “Serving as the community’s point of connection to destinations around the world, we have a responsibility to make sustainable decisions, thereby reducing our impact on the planet and creating a better tomorrow for generations to come.”
Yesterday, the Manitoba government released a comprehensive plan to fight climate change and protect the environment, while creating green jobs and building a sustainable economy. The premier noted the climate change and green economy action plan supports the expansion of electric transportation, which offers significant benefits in Manitobans compared to the use of conventional fossil-fuels. Benefits of using electricity include lower operating costs for individual vehicles, dramatically reduced greenhouse-gas emissions and significantly reduced fossil-fuel imports, he added.