Canada Working With the United States to Address Emissions from Passenger Cars and Light Trucks for Model Years 2017 and Beyond

OTTAWA, Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, the Honorable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister, released a consultation document on the development of proposed regulations to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from passenger cars and light trucks for model years 2017 and beyond. These proposed regulations are an extension of the close work Canada has already completed in alignment with the U.S. government to establish common North American standards for regulating GHGs from new passenger cars and light trucks for the 2011-16 model years.

"Given that our economies are deeply integrated, alignment with the United States is a key part of Canada's overall approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions," said Minister Kent. "This effort will also lead to greater fuel economy for consumers, innovation in the auto sector and increased economic competitiveness for Canada."

This consultation document will seek early input from stakeholders on the main elements of the proposed regulations. These comments will be taken into account during the development of the proposed regulations, which are expected to be available for a formal public comment period in 2012. The consultation document has been posted on the Canadian Environmental Protection Act Registry for a 30-day public comment period.

On Oct. 1, 2010 Canada released the Passenger Automobile and Light Truck Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations, which are aligned with the United States and establish progressively tighter emissions standards for cars and light trucks over the 2011-16 model years.

Canada also issued a notice of intent to continue working closely with the United States towards the development of more stringent standards for new cars and light trucks for model years 2017 and beyond.

Strong action in the transportation sector is a key component in the Government's plan to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. The transportation sector accounts for about 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, and so reducing emissions in this sector will do a lot to help us achieve our total emissions reduction goal.

In addition to passenger car and light truck regulations, the Government is also developing regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty trucks and has mandated a requirement for an average of five percent renewable content in gasoline, and two percent content for diesel and heating oil.

More information on the consultation document is available at

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SOURCE Environment Canada

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