DAILY NEWS Feb 25, 2013 8:09 PM - 0 comments

Canada to align GHG regs with the US

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By: James Menzies

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent visited Bison Transport's Mississauga terminal today, to announce that Canada will adopt the US greenhouse gas emissions standards for model years 2014-2018 heavy trucks.

Kent said "With these tough new measures, GHG emissions from 2018 model year heavy-duty vehicles will be reduced by up to 23%. The regulations will also lead to improved efficiency. For example, a semi-truck operator driving a 2018 model year vehicle will save up to $8,000 per year in fuel."

The regulations, which will apply to vehicle manufacturers and importers, will require them to attain fuel economy - or GHG emissions - benchmarks on a significant portion of their overall build.

The requirements will be phased in beginning with model year 2014 trucks. Initially, at least, OEMs will be able to meet the targets using existing off-the-shelf parts and technologies, such as low rolling resistance tires and chassis fairings.

Environment Canada indicated that any increase in purchase price incurred as a result of the regulations will be recovered in less than a year through improved fuel efficiency. Vocational trucks also will be affected, with anticipated fuel savings of $1,000 per year by 2018.

After making the announcement at Bison's terminal, Kent and assembled media were given a tour of a long combination vehicle (LCV) with all the latest fuel-saving technologies currently on the market.

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