TORONTO, June 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's Minister of the Environment, the
Honourable Peter Kent, issued the following statement after delivering
remarks at Pollution Probe's breakfast forum on Project EVAN (Electric
"Pollution Probe and Environment Canada have a strong working
relationship on the environmental issues facing the transportation
sector and I hope to pursue this dialogue well into the future.
"Over the course of the last year, our Government has made great
progress in our efforts to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas
emissions from the transportation sector. Working with our partners, we
are delivering on our commitments to clean air and to address climate
"Two weeks ago, we announced our Government's intention to align our
transportation-related air pollution emission standards with the Tier 3
standards proposed in the United States, to achieve more stringent
North American standards. Once fully phased-in, the standards are
expected to reduce smog-forming air pollutants from new vehicles by
approximately 80 percent compared to the current Tier 2 standards. "In
February, our Government announced measures to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions from 2014-2018 model-year heavy-duty vehicles such as
full-size pick-ups, semi-trucks, garbage trucks and buses. With these
tough new regulations in place, greenhouse gas emissions from 2018
model-year heavy-duty vehicles will be reduced by up to 23 percent.
"In November last year, we announced proposed regulations to improve
fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions of passenger
automobiles and light trucks for model years 2017 and beyond. As a
result of our action to date, 2025 passenger vehicles and light trucks
will emit about half as many greenhouse gases as 2008 models.
"We have to continue to strive for even greater improvements, whether it
is through implementing more innovative technologies for vehicles and
cleaner fuels, or through readying consumers and the marketplace for
more advanced technology in our vehicles.
"This is why we like to support achievements like the EVAN project that
contribute to a more energy efficient transportation system in Canada.
We make a difference and achieve more by working together."
SOURCE: Environment Canada
For further information:
Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment
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