Montreal, Quebec – The Quebec government will adopt stringent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards in mid-January that are equivalent to those of California, becoming the first province to do so.

The regulations will apply to light-duty vehicles, model year 2010 to 2016, that are sold, leased or marketed in Quebec. In 2006, the transportation sector was responsible for 40 per cent of GHG emissions in Quebec, with approximately half of that generated by light-duty vehicles.

The announcement was made by Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, who said that the government committed itself to enforcing the regulations as soon as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted California the right to adopt and implement GHG standards beyond the federal requirements for motor vehicles.

Beauchamp said the regulations will also encourage more efficient use of nonrenewable resources and reduce Quebec’s dependence on oil, and encourage the widespread use of more efficient technologies, such as hybrid and electric vehicles.

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