Canadian government announces new carbon-pollution regulations

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna recently announced new carbon-pollution regulations for heavy-duty vehicles, starting in 2020, and the regulations will become increasingly stringent in the years ahead. By reducing emissions from school buses, transport tractors and trailers, garbage trucks, delivery vans and larger pick-up trucks, these regulations will make air cleaner and communities healthier while helping transportation companies save money. The regulations will promote clean innovation and support good middle-class jobs, according to an announcement.

The regulations also will 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. The approach will keep Canada globally competitive while protecting the environment.

Reducing pollution from heavy-duty vehicles also is an important part of Canada’s clean-growth and climate action plan. The new standards for heavy-duty vehicles will reduce carbon pollution by approximately 6 million tons a year by 2030, according to an announcement.

Canada’s regulations are designed to promote innovation and provide flexibility to industry to choose the most cost-effective compliance options. 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.

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