TORONTO, June 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers'
Association (CVMA) supports today's announcement that Environment
Canada intends adopt Tier 3 emissions standards, harmonized with those
developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These new
emissions standards, when combined with Tier 3 ultra-low sulphur (10
ppm) gasoline, will build on the significant reductions achieved to
date by the automotive industry, most recently through Tier 2 standards
harmonized across North America. In fact, for the past 26 years, light
duty on-road transportation is the only sector in Canada to demonstrate
a continuous and sustained year-over-year reduction in smog causing
"Canada's commitment to Tier 3 emissions standards confirms that
Canadians will continue to benefit from the most stringent emissions
standards in the world," said Mark Nantais, president of the CVMA.
"Since smog-related emissions are not constrained by international
borders, harmonized Tier 3 emission regulations are an important first
step, as Tier 3 ultra-low sulphur gasoline requirements will be needed
to ensure these advanced emission control technologies will provide
Canadians, like their U.S. counterparts, the same air quality
Harmonized standards with the EPA also ensure advanced vehicle
technologies can be offered to Canadian customers at more affordable
prices by leveraging North American economies of scale. The Tier 3
standards are being introduced at the same time as vehicle greenhouse
gas emissions standards over the period of 2017- 2025, which will also
be harmonized with the U.S., consistent with the objectives of the
Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council's action plan.
"These are very stringent requirements, and manufacturers are committed
to doing their part," added Nantais.
As a result of the continuous improvements made to vehicle emissions
since 1985, light duty vehicles today account for just 9% of the total
emission inventory across all sectors in Canada, according to the
latest Environment Canada emissions inventory (see graph).
About the CVMA
The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association is the industry
association that has represented Canada's leading manufacturers of
light and heavy duty motor vehicles for more than 85 years. Its
membership includes Chrysler Canada Inc.; Ford Motor Company of Canada,
Limited and General Motors of Canada Limited. Collectively, its members
sell 48% of all vehicles in Canada and account for 65% of total vehicle
production, operate 5 vehicle assembly plants as well as engine and
components plants, and have over 1,300 dealerships. 125,000 jobs are
directly tied to vehicle assembly in Canada. Direct and indirect jobs
associated with vehicle manufacturing are estimated at over 500,000
across Canada. Please visit www.cvma.ca.
Image with caption: "Vehicle Related Smog Emissions1985 - 2010 (CNW Group/Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association (CVMA))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130607_C6302_PHOTO_EN_27694.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association (CVMA)
For further information:
Mark Nantais, President
Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association