TORONTO, June 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's Environment Minister, the
Honourable Peter Kent, today announced that, in order to provide
cleaner air to Canadians, the Government of Canada intends to align its
transportation-related air pollution emission standards with the more
stringent United States proposed Tier 3 standards.
"This new initiative is proof of our government's commitment to cleaner
air, today and for generations to come," said Minister Kent. "Once
fully phased-in, these standards are expected to reduce smog-forming
air pollutants from new vehicles by approximately 80% compared to the
current Tier 2 standards."
Canada intends to amend its related regulations to align with the United
States Tier 3 standards, which include stricter limits on air pollutant
emissions from new cars and light trucks and reductions to the amount
of sulphur in gasoline. The details of the planned regulations will be
developed in consultation with stakeholders.
"Toyota responds to the world's need for affordable fuel efficient and
low emission vehicles through constant innovation in conventional and
advanced technologies," said Seiji Ichii, President and CEO, Toyota
Canada Inc. "We are proud to say that the launch of hybrid vehicle
production at our plant in Cambridge, Ontario, next year will make
Toyota the first manufacturer to build highly efficient gasoline,
hybrid and electric vehicles in Canada."
"The Global Automakers of Canada fully support the Government of
Canada's commitment to proceed with Tier 3 emission standards that are
aligned with the United States Environmental Protection Agency's
proposed Tier 3 program," said David Adams, President of the Global
Automakers of Canada "Through the reduction of sulphur in gasoline from 30 parts per million
(ppm) to 10 ppm with a low sulphur cap, the government is reinforcing
that a system approach to vehicles and fuels is necessary to maximize
emissions reductions for the benefit of Canadians, and will enable
automakers to introduce new advanced technologies required to achieve
the stringent greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards in
place now and proposed through to 2025."
"The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association continues to support
the government's ongoing efforts to harmonize both vehicle-related air
pollution and greenhouse gas emission standards with those in the
United States, consistent with the objectives of the Canada-Unites
States Regulatory Cooperation Council's action plan," stated Mark
Nantais, President. "Today's announcement to implement new more
stringent Tier 3 emissions standards builds on our achievements, which
is important for Canada's integrated automotive industry, and it will
ensure that a greater choice of vehicles are available at more
affordable prices for consumers. The combination of harmonized Tier
3 emission requirements for vehicles and lower sulphur content in
gasoline will ensure Canadians, like their United States counterparts,
receive the same air quality benefits and greater assurance of properly
operating advanced emission control technologies on 2017 and later
model year vehicles."
"We are pleased to see a continuing commitment by the federal government
to align Canada's fuel sulphur content regulations with United States
requirements," commented Peter Boag, President of the Canadian Fuels
Under the Regulatory Cooperation Council announced by Prime Minister
Harper and President Obama, Canada and the United States have agreed to
tightly align our regulatory work on light duty vehicle emissions. A
notice announcing the Government's intention will be published in the
June 8 issue of the Canada Gazette, Part I.
"It is especially fitting to announce this new clean air measure that
will benefit all Canadians during Environment week," concluded Minister
This is the latest federal action to provide clean air in Canada. In
May, the Government announced the new Canadian Ambient Air Quality
Standards for particulate matter and ground-level ozone.
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/.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
For further information:
Mary Ann Dewey-Plante Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment
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