NEW YORK CITY, Sept. 22, 2014 /CNW/ - Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced
developments today on three new regulatory initiatives to further
support Canada's efforts to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to
provide cleaner air for Canadians through lower air pollutant emissions
from cars and trucks.
These vehicles and fuels regulatory initiatives are aligned with those
of the United States. Given the close integration of economies between
both countries, common Canada-United States standards deliver
significant health and environmental benefits while supporting the
competitiveness of Canadian businesses. Common standards lower the
compliance costs of Canadian vehicle manufacturers and fuel refiners,
which ultimately benefits consumers.
The final Regulations Amending the Passenger Automobile and Light Truck Greenhouse
Gas Emission Regulations for model year 2017 and beyond will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, on October 8. These regulatory amendments represent further
action to reduce GHG emissions while building on the existing
Regulations for 2011-2016 model year vehicles.
The proposed amendments to strengthen the On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emission Regulations and the Sulphur in Gasoline Regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on September 27. With these amendments, Canada is proposing to
establish more stringent Tier 3 vehicle and fuel standards to provide
cleaner air to Canadians.
In addition, the Government of Canada announced today it intends to
start developing more stringent standards to further reduce GHG
emissions and fuel consumption from post-2018 model year heavy-duty
vehicles and engines.
The announcement was made at an auto-sector clean technology roundtable
during Minister Aglukkaq's visit to New York to represent Canada at the
Climate Finance Ministerial, the Major Economies Forum on Energy and
Climate, a High-Level Assembly for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition,
and the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit.
Over the lifetime operation of 2017 to 2025 model year vehicles, the Regulations Amending the Passenger Automobile and Light Truck Greenhouse
Gas Emission Regulations are projected to deliver total GHG reductions of 174 megatonnes—roughly
equivalent to one year of GHG emissions from Canada's entire
As a result of these regulations, 2025 model year vehicles will consume
up to 50 per cent less fuel than 2008 vehicles leading to significant
savings at the pump.
Tier 3 vehicle and fuel standards will reduce smog-forming air pollutant
emissions for new vehicles by up to 80 per cent compared to the current
Tier 2 standards.
Amendments to the Sulphur in Gasoline Regulations would reduce the average sulphur content of gasoline by nearly 70 per
cent beginning in 2017.
The Notice of Intent for heavy-duty vehicles and engines would build on
existing regulations for 2014-18 model years. As a result of the
existing regulations, GHG emissions from 2018 model-year heavy-duty
vehicles will be reduced by up to 23 per cent.
As a result of collective action by governments, consumers and industry,
Canada's 2020 GHG emissions are projected to be 128 Mt lower relative
to a scenario with no action since 2005.
"Today's announcement further demonstrates our Government's commitment
to address climate change and provide cleaner air for Canadians. These
initiatives, which will protect the environment and provide health
benefits, will be aligned with the United States, given the integrated
nature of the North American economy. This is good news for the
Canadian economy and will provide direct economic benefits to consumers
in the form of fuel savings. We will continue to take action to protect
the environment while keeping our economy strong."
- The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister
of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for
the Arctic Council
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada.
Copies of regulatory documents associated with this announcement are
available by request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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