Canada and United States agree to work together to improve vehicle fuel efficiency



    TUCSON, AZ, April 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and United States
Secretary of Transportation, Mary E. Peters, today announced that the two
countries have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation aimed at improving motor
vehicle fuel efficiency. The Memorandum of Cooperation will help the
Government of Canada in its efforts to develop motor vehicle fuel efficiency
regulations.
    "Regulating vehicle fuel efficiency is an important element of Canada's
environmental agenda aimed at protecting the health of Canadians and the
environment," said Minister Cannon. "Our government intends to work towards
establishing an environmentally ambitious North American regulatory standard
for cars and light trucks."
    "Increasing fuel economy standards through sound science is the most
effective way to reduce fuel consumption, preserve vehicle safety and support
the development of the kind of technology needed to make our automobiles as
efficient as possible," said Secretary Peters. "Today's announcement puts both
our countries on a track to developing the kind of standards we need to secure
our energy independence while protecting the economy, the environment and
vehicle safety."
    The Memorandum of Cooperation provides opportunities for the two
governments to meet periodically to share respective strategies and regulatory
practices governing motor vehicle fuel efficiency; exchange research, modeling
and analysis related to fuel efficiency standards; and exchange information on
motor vehicle fuel efficiency developments and initiatives within the two
countries.

    
    The Memorandum of Cooperation specifically refers to exchanging
information on:

    - the assessment of technological changes to improve the fuel efficiency
      of vehicles;
    - potential options for fuel economy standards;
    - assessment of auto industry impacts of proposed standards;
    - developments related to potential credit trading systems; and
    - experiences relating to the use of economic instruments and sharing of
      work plans.
    

    The Memorandum of Cooperation will allow the two countries to benefit
from their knowledge and experience in the area of motor vehicle fuel
efficiency.

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991-0700; Robin Browne, Communications, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613)
993-0055; Brian Turmail, U.S. Department of Transportation, (202) 366-1621;
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