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BC Trucking Association Introduces the Clean Carrier Program

Driving Towards a Sustainable Future

(LANGLEY, January 16, 2024) – The BC Trucking Association (BCTA) is proud to announce the launch of its innovative eco-certification initiative, the Clean Carrier Program. This pioneering program’s mission is to acknowledge and certify motor carriers that have committed to environmentally responsible practices, fostering a cleaner and greener future for the trucking industry.

The Clean Carrier Program is more than a certification; it is a roadmap for carriers dedicated to sustainable operations. By participating in this program, carriers stand to gain tangible benefits, including enhanced cost efficiency, increased market competitiveness, and strengthened relationships with stakeholders. The program offers a platform for carriers to showcase their dedication to environmental responsibility and provides exclusive resources to support their journey.

In a groundbreaking move toward fostering sustainable supply chains, the Clean Carrier Program also extends a unique opportunity to shippers. Through an independent and rigorous process, shippers now have the ability to include sustainable hiring practices when contracting a BC-based transportation company for goods movement. This program helps to ensure that environmental responsibility is woven into every facet of the supply chain, providing shippers with a powerful tool to align their logistics operations with sustainability goals.

“As we unveil the Clean Carrier Program, we take a significant step toward a sustainable future for the trucking industry,” said BCTA President and CEO Dave Earle. “This initiative underscores our commitment to environmental responsibility, and with the invaluable contributions of our advisory committee, we stand united in fostering positive change. Being Clean Carrier Certified empowers carriers to lead the way in sustainability, demonstrating that environmental stewardship and business success go hand in hand.”

Key benefits of the Clean Carrier Program include:

  1. Cost Efficiency: Implementing environmentally responsible practices contributes to operational cost savings, making participating carriers more financially resilient.
  2. Market Competitiveness: Certification under the Clean Carrier Program allows carriers to differentiate themselves in the market, appealing to environmentally conscious clients and partners.
  3. Positive Stakeholder Relationships: Demonstrating a commitment to sustainability builds trust and positive relationships with customers, regulators, and the wider community.
  4. Showcasing Sustainability: Carriers certified under the program gain the opportunity to showcase their commitment to sustainability, setting them apart as industry leaders.

The Clean Carrier Program evaluates carriers based on key factors, including the implementation of fuel-efficient and idle management equipment, the use of alternative fuels, and the average age of the vehicle fleet. This comprehensive assessment ensures that certified carriers are making strides in environmental sustainability.

The development of the program was a collaborative effort, with crucial insights and expertise provided by an advisory committee comprising of the following industry leaders:

  • Bruce Thompson, Dean Motive Power, BCIT
  • Steven Haywood, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicle Safety & Enforcement
  • Conor Reynolds, Director, Air Quality & Climate Action Services, Metro Vancouver
  • John Lindner, Air Quality Planner, Metro Vancouver
  • Jason Macnaughton, Director, Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure
  • Trish Rorison, Executive Director, Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure
  • Ronan Chester, Director Climate Change and Sustainability Leadership, Port of Vancouver
  • Gary Olszewksi, Clean Technology Specialist, Port of Vancouver
  • Greg Kolesniak, Program Manager Goods Movement, TransLink
  • Walter Mérida, Associate Dean Research and Industry Partnerships, University of British Columbia
  • Patrick Kirchen, Associate Director Clean Energy Research Centre, University of British Columbia
  • Lucy Griffith, Dean, School of Trade, Technology & Design, Vancouver Community College
  • David Montpetit, President, Western Shippers Coalition

BCTA Vice President Cory Paterson emphasized how the collaborative efforts of the advisory committee have not only strengthened the foundation of the initiative but also set a precedent for sustainable practices within the trucking industry.

“Their expertise and dedication have been instrumental in shaping the program’s framework. Together, we’re setting a new standard for sustainability in the trucking industry, and the contributions of the advisory committee are truly commendable.” added Cory.

From the initial application process to certification, each step in the Clean Carrier Program contributes to the collective effort toward a cleaner, greener future for fleets across Canada. Get in touch with the Clean Carrier team today about how your company can participate by visiting


About the BC Trucking Association

The BC Trucking Association is a member-based, non-partisan, non-profit motor carrier association dedicated to serving the interests of its members in the British Columbian trucking industry. With a commitment to promoting safety, efficiency, and sustainability, BCTA strives to be a driving force for positive change in the province’s commercial road transportation sector. To learn more visit

Media Contact:

Dave Earle

President and CEO


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