April 30, 2007

Canada and U.S. to work together on fuel efficiency

Tucson, Arizona – Representatives of the Canadian and U.S. governments have announced that the two countries have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation, aimed at improving motor vehicle fuel efficiency. The memorandum will help the government of Canada in its efforts to develop motor vehicle fuel efficiency regulations.

The announcement was made by Minister of Transport Lawrence Cannon and U.S. Secretary of Transport Mary E. Peters.

The memorandum provides opportunities for the two governments to meet periodically to share respective strategies and regulatory practices governing motor vehicle fuel efficiency; exchange research, modelling and analysis related to fuel efficiency standards; and to exchange information on developments and initiatives. It specifically refers to exchanging information on the assessment of technological changes to improve efficiency; potential options for fuel economy standards; assessment of auto industry effects of proposed standards; developments related to potential credit trading systems; and experiences relating to the use of economic instruments and sharing of work plans.

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