Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian government has introduced new national standards for vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions which are fully aligned with the national standards also finalized in the U.S. The regulations will begin with the 2011 model year.

“Since last May, we’ve been working with the United States to put in place tough North American standards for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from new vehicles,” said Environment Minister Jim Prentice. “We are pleased to be taking this step to further harmonize our climate change action with the Obama administration, a step that will protect our environment and ensure a level playing field for the automotive industry.”

As a result of the proposed regulations, it is projected that the average GHG emission performance of new vehicles in the 2016 model year will be about 25 per cent lower than those sold in Canada in 2008. Cars and light trucks account for about 12 per cent of Canada’s total GHG emissions.

The new standards effectively create a single-continental approach to vehicle-related GHG emissions and will require manufacturers to meet aggressive standards.

“When it comes to the regulation of vehicle emissions for maximum environmental benefit, the federal government recognizes that it must be done in a manner reflecting the integrated nature of the auto industry and the entire North American market in which we operate,” said Mark Nantais, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association. “Moreover, adoption of a single national standard allows advanced technologies to be introduced faster, more efficiently, and with greater penetration across Canada by making these technologies more affordable without restricting vehicle choice.”

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