Canada Introduces Vehicle GHG Standards Aligned With US Targets

It look like Canada is set to align its emissions regulations with those of the U.S.

Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, announced yesterday proposed regulations to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of passenger automobiles and light trucks for model years 2017 to 2025.

“These new regulations improve fuel efficiency so that by 2025 new cars will consume 50% less fuel and emit 50-percent less GHGs than a similar 2008 model, leading to significant savings at the pump,” said Minister Kent. “At today’s gas prices, a Canadian driving a model year 2025 vehicle would pay, on average, around $900 less per year compared to driving today’s new vehicles.”

According to a press release sent by the environment minister’s office, the proposed regulations would establish progressively more stringent GHG emission standards for passenger automobiles and light trucks over the 2017 to 2025 model years and would build on regulations already in place for model years 2011 to 2016. It is expected that these regulations will reduce GHG’s by 162 megatonnes between 2017 and 2025.

The proposed regulations are aligned with stringent United States regulations.

The Canadian government says this approach provides significant environmental and economic benefits and preserves the competitiveness of Canadian vehicle manufacturers within the highly integrated North American auto industry.

While the regulations are aligned, Canada has made some unique contributions. For example, our country included greater regulatory incentives for advanced technology vehicles such as electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids for model years 2011 to 2016, and both countries are now following suit for model years 2017 to 2021.

“It is an approach which will ensure that new more advanced technologies come to market more quickly with greater choice of products at more affordable prices for consumers, by taking advantage of the economies of scale derived from the larger integrated market inherent in the North American automobile industry. And that ensures greater environmental benefits sooner” , said Mark Nantais, President of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA).

Combined with the model years 2011-2016 light duty vehicle GHG standards, today’s final program will result in MY 2025 vehicles emitting roughly one-half of the GHG emissions as those from 2010.

These 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.