April 7, 2005

Canada’s auto industry agrees to voluntary emissions reduction

Windsor, Ontario – A landmark agreement on climate change action was signed by the Government of Canada and the Canadian automobile industry Tuesday, as reported by the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), automakers have voluntarily agreed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year, with a target of a 5.3 megaton reduction by 2010.

The MOU was signed at an automotive engineering facility at the University of Windsor by the Honourable R. John Efford, Minister of Natural Resources Canada; Joe Hinrichs, president and CEO of Ford of Canada and also Chair of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association; and Marcus Breitschwerdt, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada and also Chair of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada.

All major companies in Canada’s automobile industry are part of the MOU.

“Canada’s automobile industry has a long history of introducing new technologies that make the vehicles we produce more environmentally friendly and safer,” Hinrichs said. “As we look to the future, we remain committed to doing our fair share to reduce GHG emissions while contributing to economic growth.”

To achieve the objective, the industry will offer and promote a wide variety of fuel-saving technologies, including hybrid powertrains, cylinder deactivation technology, advanced diesel technology and emerging technologies. It will also work with the government and fuel providers to ensure that appropriate fuels, including alternate fuels, are available.

A key component of the agreement is the joint monitoring, by government and industry, of annual industry performance against project interim GHG reduction goals, to ensure that progress is being made.

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