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Road Chats presented by National Energy Equipment Inc. is a monthly podcast hosted by Jennifer Stewart, CEMA President. Get to know leading companies and influencers of Canada’s energy and convenience sector. Hear from top analysts on what’s next for the industry, the path to post-pandemic recovery, and its evolution to a cleaner, more sustainable tomorrow.

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Future-Proofing Convenience Stores for Electric Vehicle Charging

June 7, 2022Download Report

Retrofitting Convenience Stores for Electric Vehicle Charging

June 7, 2022Download Report

Consumer Survey 2022

April 22, 2022 – To better understand the mindset of Canadians relative to transportation and decarbonization efforts, the Canadian Transportation Alliance (CTA) commissioned Abacus Data to conduct a survey of 1,500 Canadian adults to explore a range of consumer attitudes towards vehicle purchase options and decarbonization policies. Download our white paper here and take a deep dive into the fascinating results of the survey.

Canadian EV Regulatory Report

November 10, 2021 – The Canadian EV market is beginning to evolve quickly and so are the policies governing it. As charging continues to grow, what kinds of policies are provinces and cities setting? In coordination with the Fuels Institute, the Canadian Transportation Alliance is providing this white paper report to answer that question and to identify the requirements relevant to installation and operation of public charging. Read the report here. Please note, this report will be made available in French in the coming weeks.

MAJORITY OF CANADIANS WILLING TO EMBRACE LOW-CARBON MOBILITY OPTIONS: SURVEY

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, MARCH 2, 2022 – An overwhelming majority of Canadians are ready to purchase low-emissions vehicles in support of Canada’s ambitious climate targets. That’s the key highlight in the first report from the Canadian Transportation Alliance (CTA), a new research organization composed of Canadian vehicle and transportation market stakeholders.

The organization was formed to commission objective, fact-based, third-party research to help educate governments, consumers, and business stakeholders on a variety of issues affecting the Canadian transportation market in pursuit of Canada’s 2050 net-zero emissions goals.

“We are pleased to present these findings on the Canadian vehicle and transportation marketplace and to raise awareness of consumer intent and public perception on the role of alternative fuels and technologies in meeting our 2050 net-zero targets,” said Jennifer Stewart, Chair of the Board for the Canadian Transportation Alliance. “Our goal is to provide unique and unprecedented multi-sector research and data to governments, industry, and consumers to educate and support the development of investments, infrastructure, and innovation to fight climate change.”

The initial research indicates that in support of those targets, Canadian low-emission vehicle purchases will ramp up significantly, and Canadians are overwhelmingly in support of continued innovation and investment in development of the vehicles and infrastructure required to achieve net-zero carbon emissions.

The findings of the survey, conducted by Abacus Data, revealed that:

  • Despite shifting consumer habits related to the coronavirus pandemic, Canadian households remain committed to vehicle ownership, with 87% of households owning at least one vehicle;
  • More than 50% of households plan to replace or purchase a new vehicle in the next 24 months;
  • A vast majority of Canadian (91%) respondents are willing to embrace low-emission vehicles such as electric, hybrid-electric, biofuel, hydrogen, and reduced-emissions petroleum vehicles;
  • In addition, 75% of respondents are actively considering a low-emission purchase.

Canadians have proven eager early adopters of electric and hybrid vehicles, and the results show that there should be confidence that with adequate investment and innovation in the infrastructure required to spur adoption of hydrogen, and hybrid/biofuel solutions to achieve our emissions targets, Canadians will embrace those technologies as well.

“We are pleased to deliver this initial cross-sectoral research report to raise awareness of the opportunities for Canadians to be a vital part of helping Canada achieve its emissions target,” said John Eisenburger, Executive Director of the CTA. “Together, the members of the Alliance will take a collaborative approach to ensure that all stakeholders have access to vital research on the path to 2050.”

About the Canadian Transportation Alliance

Founded by a collective of Canadian vehicle and transportation market stakeholders in 2020, the Canadian Transportation Alliance (CTA) is a non-advocacy, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that aims to deliver objective, fact-based, third-party research to help educate government bodies, consumers, and business stakeholders on a variety of issues affecting the Canadian transportation market.

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TRANSPORTATION SECTOR LEADERS LAUNCH LOW-CARBON RESEARCH-DRIVEN ALLIANCE TO INFORM POLICY, EDUCATE CONSUMERS

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, OCTOBER 21, 2021 – Working toward a low-carbon future, leaders from across the transportation market – from electric and hydrogen to petroleum and renewables, government and business decision-makers – have come together to launch the Canadian Transportation Alliance (CTA).

The CTA is a non-advocacy, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that aims to deliver objective, fact-based, third-party research to help educate government bodies, consumers, and business stakeholders on various issues affecting the Canadian transportation market.

“Government policy has a momentous stake in determining how Canada’s transportation market evolves,” said Andrea Kent, Vice President of Industry and Government Affairs, Greenfield. “The future sustainability of Canada’s transportation industry requires policymakers to evaluate diverse pathways to drive down emissions while ensuring Canada remains competitive as the global market increasingly works towards the same goal – net-zero by 2050. It’s a complex market, and reliable perspectives from the sector will be a great asset in accelerating common goals and success.”

The concept for the CTA was formed in partnership with The Fuels Institute. This US-based, not-for-profit research organization has successfully created a non-advocacy-based model, where research projects in the transportation space are performed impartially and independently.

“The Alliance brings together players from all perspectives of the Canadian transportation sector to drive research that informs low-carbon policies and educates consumers on the diverse mix of low-emissions options available to them,” said John Eichberger, Executive Director of the Fuels Institute, and Interim Executive Director of the CTA.

“Our primary goal is to educate. We’re looking to compile independent data and to inform pragmatic policy approaches that help ensure long-term, enviro-economic prosperity for domestic transportation sectors while advancing opportunities for growth in environmentally sustainable resources sectors that kindle long-term job creation here in Canada,” said Francis Bradley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Electricity Association.

The CTA is working towards the publication of its first white paper report on the Canadian EV Regulatory landscape, expected to be released in the coming months.

In the spirit of collaboration and innovation, the Alliance continues its recruitment efforts with the goal of bringing a diverse contingent of transportation market voices together to ensure its work – from conception to publication – is fair, unbiased, and consensus-based.  Founding members include:

To learn more, please visit ctalliance.ca

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On the Road to Zero-Emissions: Traditional Energy Sectors

September 20, 2021 – To deliver a long-lasting effect on the market that ultimately benefits consumers and the environment, we must explore options to continue improving the environmental footprint of traditional transportation energy sectors. What strategies will be available to reduce the carbon intensity of these sectors and regions while new technologies are entering the market? Tune in as the Canadian Transportation Alliance gathers the perspectives of the fuel marketer, refiner, biofuel producer and natural gas sector.

On the Road to Zero Emissions

September 20, 2021 – To deliver a long-lasting effect on the market that ultimately benefits consumers and the environment, we must explore options to continue improving the environmental footprint of traditional transportation energy sectors. What strategies will be available to reduce the carbon intensity of these sectors and regions while new technologies are entering the market? Tune in as the Canadian Transportation Alliance gathers the perspectives of the fuel marketer, refiner, biofuel producer and natural gas sector.