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Canada Follows U.S. Lead on Fuel Efficiency Standards

October 26, 2010

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As expected, Canada has announced plans to follow the U.S. lead in developing CO2 emissions standards - fuel economy standards - for medium and heavy vehicles.
Canadian truckers are concerned that if Canada adopts proposed U.S. fuel economy standards word-for-word, it will be impossible to meet with the heavier loads seen there. (Photo by Jim Park)
Canadian truckers are concerned that if Canada adopts proposed U.S. fuel economy standards word-for-word, it will be impossible to meet with the heavier loads seen there. (Photo by Jim Park)


Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister, released a consultation document outlining the proposed elements of the future regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new heavy-duty vehicles.

"Canada and the United States have had great success in working together to reduce emissions from new light-duty vehicles, and we are looking forward to doing the same for heavy-duty vehicles," said Prentice.

The Regulatory Framework consultation document outlines the main elements of the planned regulations in order to seek early views from stakeholders, which will be taken into account in developing proposed regulations which are expected to be available in mid-2011. Canada's heavy-duty vehicle regulations will be aligned with those of the United States.

Canadian truckers are concerned that if Canada adopts U.S. standards word for word, the targets will not be met by sectors hauling heavier loads than is currently the practice. Canada allows combinations of eight axles or more with gross vehicle weights exceeding 140,000 pounds in some cases. The U.S. proposed standards seem designed for 80,000-pound, five-axle combinations.

In Canada, the transportation sector accounts for about a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions. Heavy-duty vehicles account for about six percent of total greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. Reducing emissions in this sector will help us achieve our 2020 target of a 17 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels, the consultation document notes.

Read more about the Canadian proposal here


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