Federal Environment Minister, the Honorable Leona Aglukkaq, has announced Canada’s intention to develop proposed regulations to further reduce GHG emissions from on-road heavy-duty vehicles and engines for post-2018 model years.
The official version of the Notice of Intent will be published in a forthcoming edition of the Canada Gazette Part I.
The notice of intent is not expected to contain significant technical details, as the US EPA is not expected to publish its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) until the spring of 2015. (Historically, the practice regarding North American vehicle emission standards has been for the EPA NPRM to set the basis for future consultations between Environment Canada and regulated parties).
“The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) would encourage the Government of Canada and their provincial partners to work with our sector to attain the goals of reduced greenhouse gas emissions in both an effective and efficient manner,’ said CTA senior VP Stephen Laskowski.
“CTA is hopeful this round of regulatory consultation will not only explore the viability and market readiness of new technologies but force provincial governments to review and remove regulatory barriers preventing the use of GHG emission reducing technologies.”
Over the coming months, CTA will be attempting to work with governments, manufacturers and industry to identify the soundest technological and regulatory path to achieving fuel efficiency improvements for all sectors of the trucking industry.