Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian government has released proposed regulations to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new heavy-duty vehicles. The announcement follows the U.S. government’s proposals, which were outlined earlier this week.

Canada intends to implement regulations with the 2014 model year in alignment with the U.S., taking a common North American approach, said Environment Minister Peter Kent.

“We are moving forward with our sector-by-sector approach to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in coordination with the United States,” Kent said. “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.”

The proposed regulations will reduce emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of the full range of on-road heavy-duty vehicles, including full-size pickup trucks, tractor-trailers, and vocational vehicles such as freight, delivery, service, cement, garbage and dump trucks, as well as buses. The regulations also intend to promote the implementation of advanced technology vehicles such as hybrid and electric vehicles.

The proposals are a key component in the government’s plan to reduce total GHG emissions by 17 per cent by 2020 from 2005 levels. The government has also finalized regulations to reduce GHG emissions from passenger vehicles and mandated a requirement for an average of five per cent renewable content in gasoline, and two per cent in diesel and heating oil.

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