Environment Canada

Environment Canada

October 01, 2010 13:32 ET

Canada Announces Final GHG Emission Regulations for New Light-Duty Vehicles

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2010) - Today, the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, announced final regulations that establish progressively more stringent greenhouse gas emission standards for new passenger automobiles and light trucks for the 2011-2016 model years. These are aligned with similar regulations in the United States.

"Any significant approach to fighting climate change must include serious action to address on-road emissions. Canada has worked closely with the U.S. government to establish common North American standards for regulating GHGs from new light-duty vehicles – and we look forward to further collaboration," said Minister Prentice.

The Passenger Automobile and Light Truck Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations provide certainty to the automotive industry and require significant technological improvements to vehicles to reduce GHG emissions. As a result of the regulations, it is projected that the average GHG emission performance of new vehicles for the 2016 model year will be about 25% lower than the vehicles that were sold in Canada in 2008.

Minister Prentice also released a Notice of Intent regarding the government's commitment to continue working with the United States towards the development of tighter standards for light vehicles for the 2017 and later model years. Canada and the U.S. will continue to undertake technical assessment of potential annual improvements in GHG emission performance of up to 6%.

Canada is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 17% from 2005 levels by 2020, a target which reflects the importance of aligning with the United States. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from new motor vehicles will play an important part in helping us achieve that goal. Cars and light trucks account for about 12% of Canada's total GHG emissions.

For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement, please visit the Web site of Environment Canada, at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.

Related Documents:

- Backgrounder: Regulating GHG Emissions from Light- and Heavy-duty Vehicles

- Backgrounder: Key Features of Canada's Passenger Automobile and Light Truck Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations

- Passenger Automobile and Light Truck Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations

- Notice of Intent

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