Canada follows U.S. by proposing emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles

Following the lead of it's neighbors down south, Canada has developed proposed emissions and fuel efficiency guidelines for heavy-duty vehicles. Environment Canada's proposed regulations to limit emissions from heavy-duty vehicles are virtually identical to ours, with the differences being so minute that you could essentially say Canada copied the U.S.' recently announced heavy-duty vehicle standards.

The proposed Canadian regulations will reduce emissions from on-road heavy-duty vehicles, including full-size pick-up trucks, combination tractors, buses and a wide range of vocational vehicles. Environment Canada says the guidelines effectively include all on-road vehicles built from 2014 on with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of more than 8,500 pounds.

The proposed regulations would set emission standards that are aligned with those of the United States and it is Canada's goal to have a common North American approach so that automakers can manufacture and sell heavy-duty vehicles in either county without having to make any emissions-related modifications. Environment Canada expects the heavy-duty vehicle standards to be approved by the end of 2012.
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Canada Working to Address Emissions from Heavy-duty Vehicles

OTTAWA, Ont. -- August 9, 2011 -- Today, the Honorable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister, released a consultation paper on the development of proposed regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new on-road heavy-duty vehicles. Canada and the United States are taking a common North American approach and Canada intends to implement regulations with the 2014 model year in alignment with the United States.

"We are moving forward with our sector by sector approach to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in coordination with the United States," said Minister Kent. "Building on our successful collaboration with the United States on the development of common North American standards for light-duty vehicles, we are also working together to do the same for heavy-duty vehicles."

This consultation paper is intended to provide another opportunity for interested parties to submit early comments prior to publishing proposed regulations in Canada Gazette Part I. Proposed regulations are targeted for publication in Canada Gazette Part I early in 2012 for a 60-day comment period.

The proposed regulations would seek to reduce emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of the whole range of new on-road heavy-duty vehicles from full-size pick-up trucks to tractor-trailers, and include a wide variety of vocational vehicles such as freight, delivery, service, cement, garbage and dump trucks, as well as buses. The proposed regulations would also seek to promote the implementation of advanced technology vehicles such as hybrid and electric vehicles.

Reducing emissions 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. In addition to the proposed heavy-duty regulations, the Government has also finalized regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles and mandated a requirement for an average of five percent renewable content in gasoline, and two percent content for diesel and heating oil.Insert your press release here!

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