On February 25, 2013, the Federal Government followed the US
and announced the final efficiency and emission
standards for new on-road heavy-duty vehicles and engines. The
regulations are intended to improve fuel efficiency and reduce
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and to match American
The Regulations will establish progressively more stringent
standards for 2014 to 2018 model-year heavy-duty vehicles such as
full-size pick-ups, semi-trucks, garbage trucks and buses. The
Regulations will remain in full effect for all subsequent
model-year vehicles, which will be required to adhere to the 2018
standard, and will result in GHG reductions of 19.1 megatonnes over
the lifetime of the 2014-2018 model-year vehicles.
According to the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement,
Canada's transportation sector accounted for 28% of our
national emissions in 2010. "Within the sector, heavy-duty
vehicles account for nearly 24% of GHG emissions, or approximately
7% of total emissions in Canada. Heavy-duty vehicle emissions rose
by nearly 3 megatonnes (Mt) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e)
from 2005 to 2010." The government estimates that the
regulations will "result in a reduction of approximately 19.1
Mt of CO2e in GHG emissions over the lifetime operation of vehicles
produced in the model years 2014–2018 cohort."
Under the Copenhagen Accord, signed in December 2009, Canada
committed to reduce its GHG emissions to 17% below 2005 levels by
2020 – a target of 607 Megatonnes. The federal government
estimates that the GHG reduction measures currently in place will
only reduce emissions to 720 Megatonnes by 2020.
With just 7 years left until 2020, we are still over 100
Megatonnes above of our GHG emissions reduction target.
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