December 6, 2007

Canada lags behind other countries in fuel-efficient vehicle availability, says Pollution Probe

Toronto, Ontario – A new report released by Pollution Probe finds that consumers in Europe and Japan, jurisdictions with tough vehicle efficiency standards, enjoy a wider range of choice than consumers who are shopping for new fuel-efficient vehicles in Canada. The survey shows that of the more than 200 highly fuel-efficient, low greenhouse-gas emitting vehicle models surveyed, only 15 are available in North America, and seven of them are designed to run on non-conventional fuel.

Europe and Japan implemented fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards years ago to deal with climate change, and enjoy an abundant choice of vehicles engineered to produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions because they burn less fuel per kilometre driven.

“Other countries around the world have introduced strong vehicle standards to curb greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change and protect their economies from rising fuel prices,” said Ken Ogilvie, Executive Director of Pollution Probe. “The question is whether Canada will choose to introduce fuel efficiency standards that are world-class. Canada has a choice: it can either be a leader or a laggard in its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.”

In Canada, approximately 25 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector, half of which are from personal vehicles. The Government of Canada has committed to implement fuel consumption regulations for new vehicles sold in Canada, beginning with the 2011 model year. Pollution Probe has called for the new standards to be world-class and benchmarked against leading jurisdictions around the world.

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