The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, today announced new carbon-pollution regulations for heavy-duty vehicles, starting in 2020, with regulations becoming increasingly stringent in the years ahead.
“The environment and the economy go hand in hand. Large vehicles are an important part of Canada’s economy — we rely on them to get kids to school, move goods to customers, and keep our neighbourhoods clean,” says McKenna. “They also contribute to smog and carbon pollution, which harm our health and our environment. With these new regulations, we are making the air cleaner and fighting climate change while helping businesses compete and grow and supporting jobs for middle-class Canadians.”
By reducing emissions from school buses, transport tractors and trailers, garbage trucks, delivery vans, and larger pick-up trucks, these regulations will make our air cleaner and our communities healthier while helping transportation companies save money, she added, pointing out that the regulations will promote clean innovation and support good middle-class jobs.
The regulations will also reduce trucking costs for moving goods in Canada, helping the transportation sector become more competitive by saving new vehicle owners approximately $1.7 billion in fuel costs annually, by 2030, and by reducing the cost of transporting goods and materials to customers in Canada and in international markets.
In Canada, carbon pollution from heavy-duty vehicles has almost tripled since 1990. Today, it is comparable to emissions from coal-fired electricity. These regulations will decrease the growth of carbon pollution from this part of our transportation sector.
The new standards for heavy-duty vehicles will reduce carbon pollution by approximately 6 million tonnes a year by 2030, which is comparable to taking about 1.5 million passenger vehicles off the road for one year.
Canada’s regulations are designed to promote innovation and provide flexibility to industry to choose the most cost-effective compliance options, states McKenna. Heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers will have the flexibility to choose the clean technologies that will increase their fuel efficiency and reduce emissions and operating costs.