December 17, 2007

Quebec announces it will adopt California greenhouse gas emissions standards in 2010

Bali, Indonesia – Quebec’s Environment Minister Line Beauchamp has announced that the province will adopt California’s greenhouse gas standards for new light-duty vehicles. The announcement was made at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bali.

Beauchamp said that the new standards will come into effect between 2010 and 2016. They call for an average reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2016. The regulation also provides for a system of credits to reward manufacturers whose fleets are more efficient than the required standards, as well as royalties, which will be donated to the Green Fund, as incentives for other companies to comply.

The California standards, the most demanding in North America, have also been adopted by the majority of northeast states close to the province. Quebec will become the first Canadian province to adopt the California standards. The regulation’s draft will be subject to public consultation beginning on January 3, 2008.

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