Contrary to popular belief, air quality is increasingly becoming a real environmental health concern in Central Alberta. Vehicles emit greenhouse gases and air contaminants that are harmful to the environment and to our health. Eliminating unnecessary vehicle idling is a key way to address air pollution.
Per capita, Canada uses more energy each year than almost any other country in the world. One of the reasons for this is our reliance on the automobile. The transportation sector is responsible for 27 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Passenger cars and trucks are responsible for almost half of that total. Canadians own about 19 million cars, vans and light-duty trucks, and typically drive more than 300 billion kilometres (km) per year. Learn more about why Canadians idle.
Individual actions, when taken by millions of Canadians, can make a difference. Don’t wait – launching your own personal idling campaign is as easy as turning off your engine.
One easy way to cut fuel consumption and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is to avoid unnecessary idling. If all drivers avoided idling for three minutes a day, we would save over $630 million per year (assuming a fuel cost of $1/litre). What’s more, collectively, we would prevent 1.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere daily and contributing to climate change. This would be equal to saving over 630 million litres of fuel and equivalent to taking 320,000 cars off the road for the entire year.
Be Air Smart & Idle Free in 5 Easy Steps
Turn off the engine if the vehicle is going to be parked for more than 60 seconds (except in traffic.)
Drive the vehicle to warm it up, rather than idling the engine (usually no more than two to three minutes of idling is needed on cold winter days.)
Use remote car starters wisely to avoid excessively long warm-ups.
Use a block heater on cold winter days to warm the engine before starting it (ideally, the block heater should be turned on by an automatic timer 2 hours before leaving).
Spread the word to your family and friends. Telling them about the benefits of reduced idling will help them save money and help protect the environment too.
Idle Free Toolkit
Municipalities are well positioned to tackle air pollution and to demonstrate leadership in this area. Through the establishment of their own policies and practices and through the careful development of targeted awareness campaigns, municipalities can be the drivers of change to improve air quality.
Download the Idle Free Toolkit today and see what you can do to help your community address unnecessary vehicle idling.
A1. Idling Reduction Strategy- Olds
A2. Report to City Council, Dec.8 2015- Town of Sylvan Lake
A3. NRCan Objectives Planning Worksheet
A4. Example Terms of Reference- Lacombe County
A5. MOU idle Reduction committee-Lacombe County/ PAMZ
A6 . MOU idle Reduction committee- Sylvan Lake/PAMZ
A7. Partnership Agreement – Clean Air Day
A8. SWOT Analysis
A9. Constraints and Opportunities
A10.Environmental Literacy Ladder
B1. Vehicle Idling fact sheet #1- PAMZ Idle Free Committee
B2. Vehicle Idling fact sheet #2- PAMZ Idle Free Committee
B3. Idle free poster- Town of Olds
B4. Idle free brochure – Town of Olds’
B5. Idle free fact sheet-Town of Olds
B6: Idle free decal -City of Red Deer
B7. Idle free sign- City of Red Deer
B8 Positive Intervention Model
B9. Positive Intervention Form
B10. Breathe Easy Fact Sheet- Town of Sylvan Lake
B11. Breathe Easy Poster- Town of Sylvan Lake
B12. Idling Violation Fine – Town of Sylvan Lake
B13. Breathe Easy videos- Town of Sylvan Lake
B14. Idle Reduction fact sheet- Lacombe County
B15. Idle Reduction poster- Lacombe County
B16. Idle Reduction pledge sheet- Lacombe County
B17. PAMZ Idle Free Leaflet
C1. Draft Idle Bylaw- Town of Olds
C2. Idle free Bylaw- City of Red Deer
C3. Corporate Anti – idling Policy- Town of Rocky Mountain House
C4. Sundre Anti- idling Corporate Policy
C5. Anti-idling Policy for Company property (for businesses)-PAMZ
D1. Webasto Heaters
D2. Seven Technologies that can Slash Idling
D3. Idling- Emergency Service Vehicles
E1. Survey- Town of Sylvan Lake
E2. Pre-Survey results-Town of Sylvan Lake
E3. Pre- survey notice to residents- Town of Sylvan Lake
E4. Post survey results- Town of Sylvan Lake
E5. Survey- Lacombe County
E6. Survey costs- Banister for Lacombe County
E7. Pre -Survey results- Lacombe County
E8. Post survey results- Lacombe County
E9. Idling observation forms- Lacombe county
E10 Idling observation data- Lacombe County
F. Additional Resources
F1. Project Planning Guide
F2 .Community Based Social Marketing At-A-Glance
F3. NRcan 10 Step Guide
F4 .Levels of Engagement
G1. Lacombe County Idle Reduction Action Committee
G2. Convening Meeting of the Town of Sylvan Lake Idle Reduction Committee
G3. Lacombe County Vehicle Emissions Testing Clinic (LCVETC)
G4. Analyzer wand testing exhaust (LCVETC)
G5. Volunteer Testing Vehicle Exhaust (LCVETC)
G6. Volunteer collecting vehicle operator information (LCVETC)
G7 Volunteers discussing and gathering information (LCVETC)
G8. Collecting forms on driver information and vehicle emissions analysis(LCVETC)
G9. Emissions analyzer(LCVETC)
G10. Computer collectiing data(LCVETC)
G11. Picture Collage- participants making their pledge for Idle Reduction-Lacombe County
Alberta Government Air Quality Data
Are you interested in Air Quality Data from areas other than Central Alberta?
You can access the Government Of Alberta Air Quality Health Index