Vancouver, British Columbia – The Canadian government will regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new heavy-duty trucks, mirroring new fuel efficiency and GHG standards that will be required in the U.S.

“Canada and the United States had great success in establishing common standards for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from passenger automobiles and light trucks,” said Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment. “Building on our strong working relationship with the Obama administration, we are taking the next logical step by addressing emissions from heavy-duty vehicles.”

Environment Canada will develop proposed regulations to reduce GHG emissions from model-year 2014 to 2018 heavy-duty vehicles. Over the coming months, the government will work with the industry, including manufacturers and users, to develop the regulations, with a consultation draft expected to be available for comment in the fall of 2010.

In Canada, the transportation sector accounts for about one-quarter of GHG emissions, with heavy-duty vehicles accounting for about six per cent of total GHG emissions in Canada.

In Washington, President Barack Obama  signed a memorandum directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to create a first-ever national policy to improve fuel consumption and greenhouse gas pollution from medium- and heavy-duty trucks for model years 2014 to 2018.

Currently, trucks consume more than two million barrels of oil every day, average 6.1 mpg US (38.5 L/100 km), and emit 20 per cent of greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution related to transportation. Large tractor trailers represent half of all GHG emissions from the sector.

Obama also called for an extension of the national program for cars and light-duty trucks to model-year 2017 and beyond, directed the DOT to provide increased support for the deployment of advanced vehicles, including electric vehicles, and directed the EPA to reduce non-GHG pollutants from motor vehicles.

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