Reducing GHG emissions of forest products transportation in Newfoundland and Labrador

February 1, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Following recommendations from FPInnovations, a recent change in allowable gross vehicle weight (AGVW) through a pilot program for two log truck configurations in Newfoundland and Labrador is underway. The pilot program configurations include an 8-axle B-train trailers going to an AGVW of 65 500 kg (from 62 500 kg) and a tandem drive tractor with a quad axle semi-trailer going to an AGVW of 57 500 kg (from 55 500 kg). The results of these changes in configurations provide 4% lower GHG emissions and 6% fewer log truck trips required to haul a given volume, The reduction in GHG emissions equates to the removal of more than 135 passenger vehicles from the road per year. Once fully implemented, the change in allowable gross vehicle weight (AGVW) for the two truck configurations are expected to improve forest sector efficiency while reducing impacts on public road infrastructure and lowering GHG emissions. 

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