Government of Canada provides research grants to reduce air emissions from rail transportation

News release

July 12, 2018     Windsor, Ontario    Transport Canada

Clean growth is essential for Canada’s transportation system – to meet our emission reduction targets, grow our economy, and build resilience to a changing climate.  The Government of Canada is committed to protecting air quality and ensuring Canadians have healthy communities in which to live, work and raise their families.

To achieve this, Transport Canada established the Clean Rail Academic Grant Program.  The program provides funding to support academic research programs that are developing technologies and practices to reduce air emissions from the rail sector.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced an investment of $25,000 for a University of Windsor project called “Hydrogen Enabled Low-Emissions and Fuel Efficient Diesel Engine Combustion Technology for Clean Locomotives”. The project will help to develop an experimental diesel engine that is capable of running on blends of hydrogen and diesel fuel.  This technology has the potential to significantly reduce air pollution from rail diesel engines.


“I am pleased that we are taking concrete action to a cleaner, more innovative economy that reduces emissions and protects the environment. Our clean transportation efforts will achieve emission reductions, improve human health, and provide environmental benefits, while supporting clean growth and generating jobs for Canadians. We will all benefit by reducing rail emissions and by supporting research of new and emerging technologies.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

Quick facts

  • The Clean Rail Academic Grant Program provides funding to support academic research programs that are developing new technologies and practices that reduce air emissions from the rail sector.

  • Under Round 5 of the Program, 10 research projects will receive a grant of up to $25,000.

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Delphine Denis
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Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa

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Transport Canada, Ottawa


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