FCO's Hybrid Idle Reduction System (HIRS™) is the only anti-idling technology designed specifically for ambulances. It is a made in Ontario solution that meets the criteria set out in NYC's new policy. HIRS™ for EMS ambulances is made in Ontario by Simplicity Air around the requirements of Fleet Challenge's Police and EMS (PEMS) Vehicle Idling Reduction Demonstration Project specifications.
The HIRS™ technology is available as a factory option by ambulance builder Demers, based in Quebec. Both Simplicity and Demers have been active stakeholders in the FCO PEMS Project from its outset. This N.Y. City policy has the potential to create new jobs in Ontario and Quebec, and add to Canada's export trade industry.
The governments of Canada and Ontario have recently announced joint funding of a three-year initiative aimed at making Ontario more climate resilient. The Ontario Regional Adaptation Collaborative (Ontario RAC) will undertake a series of projects to help communities better prepare for extreme weather impacts. The private sector is involved too.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is probably the most talked-about and best-known greenhouse gas. There is approximately 32 per cent more CO2 in the atmosphere today than there was at the start of the industrial era.
When people talk about reducing their “carbon footprint,” they are referring to reducing the amount of CO2 produced by driving and using electricity.
What climate change is
Where greenhouse gases come from
How climate change affects us
What you can do to help stop climate change
How Ontario is taking action on climate change
Our atmosphere is full of invisible gases, some of which are greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases insulate the Earth. They trap the sun's heat and keep our planet warm enough to sustain life.
The province is encouraging Ontario companies to switch to greener commercial vehicles and technologies that will help improve fuel efficiency and reduce green house gas emissions.