Ottawa, Ontario – The federal government has announced it will introduce tough new regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the automotive sector under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).

“Any significant strategy to address greenhouse gases and pollution must address on-road emissions, and that is exactly what we are doing,” said Environment Minister Jim Prentice. “The new regulations under CEPA will be very effective in helping transform our automotive sector and make it greener.”

In keeping with the Government of Canada’s commitment to put these regulations in place for 2011 model-year vehicles, proceedings will begin immediately under CEPA. The approach will give the government the flexibility to harmonize its regulations with the broad range of possible future actions from the U.S. government to address greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.

The federal government said it is committed to reducing Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent from 2006 levels by 2020. Transportation accounts for approximately one-quarter of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions, and of that, passenger cars and light-duty trucks account for nearly half, or 12 per cent of the total. Final regulations will come into force in 2010, and will apply to vehicles of 2011 and later model years.

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