Environment Canada

Environment Canada

May 21, 2010 12:56 ET

Canada Announces Continental Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions From Heavy-Duty Vehicles

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 21, 2010) - Today, the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, announced that the Government of Canada will regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new heavy-duty vehicles under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. Canada's regulations will be aligned with those of the United States.

"Canada and the United States had great success in establishing common standards for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from passenger automobiles and light trucks," said Minister Prentice. "Building on our strong working relationship with the Obama administration, we are taking the next logical step by addressing emissions from heavy-duty vehicles."

Environment Canada will develop proposed regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new heavy-duty vehicles. Over the coming months, the Government will be working with the heavy-duty trucking industry, including manufacturers and users, to develop these regulations. A consultation draft of the regulations is expected to be available for comment from industry, stakeholders and the public in the fall of 2010. The final regulations will be implemented between the 2014 and 2018 model year.

In Canada, the transportation sector accounts for about a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions. Heavy-duty vehicles account for about 6 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. Reducing emissions in this sector will help us achieve our 2020 target of a 17 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels.

For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement, please visit http://www.ec.gc.ca/.

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