DOHA, Qatar, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is taking
further action to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas
(GHG) emissions from passenger automobiles and light trucks for 2017
and later model years. The proposed regulations announced last month
build on existing regulations for 2011 to 2016 model year vehicles.
"As a result of our light-duty vehicle regulations, 2025 vehicles will
emit about half as many GHGs as 2008 models and will consume up to 50
percent less fuel than 2008 vehicles—leading to significant savings at
the pump," said Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter
Kent. "These regulations would establish progressively more stringent
GHG emission standards for passenger automobiles and light trucks over
the 2017 to 2025 model years."
In addition to reducing GHG of emissions by 162 megatonnes over the
lifetime of vehicles produced in the model years 2017 to 2025, it is
expected that these regulations, at today's gas prices, would allow a
Canadian driving a model year 2025 vehicle to pay, on average, around
$900 less per year compared to driving today's new vehicles.
The Government of Canada is taking a sector-by-sector approach to
reducing GHG emissions that achieves real environmental and economic
benefits for all Canadians.
"These regulations, which are aligned with stringent United States
regulations, would provide significant environmental and economic
benefits," added Minister Kent.
The proposed regulations are an important part of the Government of
Canada's overall climate change strategy, which aims to reduce GHG
emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.
For more information on Canada's work to reduce GHGs, visit climatechange.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Environment Canada