News release: June 23, 2022
Regional Council Receives the Peel Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy
Brampton, ON - (June 23, 2022) – Today, Regional Council received the Peel Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy to accelerate light-duty zero emission vehicle uptake across the community.
Transportation accounts for 35 per cent of the Region of Peel’s community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) can produce no tailpipe emissions, resulting in improved air quality and mitigating the effects of climate change. With Ontario’s low carbon electricity, driving a ZEV is one of the most impactful ways a person can reduce their carbon footprint.
The Peel Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy has the following objectives:
- Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollution from the transportation sector
- Improve business and resident knowledge on the benefits and costs of zero emission vehicles
- Increase zero emission vehicle driving experiences, availability, and ownership
- Enhance planning processes and access to charging infrastructure
- Promote local job creation and economic development
The Strategy was developed in collaboration through the Peel Climate Change Partnership, represented by the Town of Caledon, City of Brampton, City of Mississauga, Region of Peel, Credit Valley Conservation, and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. These member organizations work together to leverage economies of scale to coordinate climate change mitigation and adaptation projects across Peel Region. The Region of Peel’s continuing work with Peel Climate Change Partnership members to support community ZEV uptake will contribute significantly to the achievement of community GHG emissions reduction targets.
The Region of Peel will be a leader in the ZEV transition and is committed to making ZEVs the first choice for future fleet needs. Over the 2018 to 2022 Term of Council, 81 charging connectors were installed to support public, staff and fleet electric vehicles. Currently, the Region’s fleet includes more than 40 ZEVs. In-progress and planned ZEV pilot projects include Peel Regional Police’s Mustang Mach-Es, TransHelp buses and waste collection trucks.
Adopting the use of electric vehicles in our community is one important part of the journey to reducing our carbon footprint and address the climate emergency. The decision to drive ZEVs is one of the most impactful choices Peel residents and businesses can make to help push us towards a cleaner and climate conscious goal. The Region looks forward to continuing our work as part of the Peel Climate Change Partnership and accelerating ZEV uptake across the community.
Gary Kent, CFO and Commissioner of Corporate Services, Region of Peel
Enhancing active and public transportation, and driving zero emission vehicles all have a role to play in advancing sustainable transportation as we build a safer, more connected community.
Kealy Dedman, Commissioner, Public Works, Region of Peel
As municipalities, we have an opportunity to lead the charge in the electrification of vehicles. Enabling a switch to zero emission vehicles will significantly decrease transportation related greenhouse gas emissions in Peel Region and support broader global efforts to fight the climate emergency, one electric vehicle at a time.
Christine Tu, Director, Climate Change and Energy Management, Region of Peel
Manager, Strategic Client Communications
Region of Peel
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.