Following last week’s announcement that it was aligning its emissions requirements with the ones in the United States, the Government of Canada has initiated proposed regulations to cut heavy-duty vehicles emissions.

The proposed regulations should, according to the Canadian Federal government, improve fuel efficiency and help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 2018 model year heavy-duty vehicles by up to 23 percent from those sold in 2010.

“This Government is committed to improving fuel efficiency and reducing GHG emissions from new on-road heavy-duty vehicles, and from the transportation sector in general,” said Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent. “At today’s gas prices, a truck operator driving a model year 2018 vehicle would save up to $9,600 per year in fuel compared to driving a 2010 model year vehicle.”

The Government of Canada says it is taking a sector-by-sector approach to reducing GHG emissions that achieves real environmental and economic benefits for all Canadians.

These proposed regulations would reduce emissions from the whole range of on-road heavy-duty vehicles and engines, including large pick-up trucks, short/long-haul tractors, cement and garbage trucks, buses, and others, for the 2014 model year and beyond.

The regulations also allows the Government of Canada to continue establishing emission standards and test procedures that are aligned with those of the United States.

“As a result of the proposed regulations, GHG emissions from Canada’s heavy-duty vehicles will be reduced by nineteen megatonnes over the lifetime of vehicles produced in the model years’ 2014-2018 cohort,” added Minister Kent.

The Government of Canada has setup a Web page with information showcasing the country’s initiatives to reduce GHGs.