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Canada congratulates U.S. on stricter heavy-duty vehicle GHG regs


WASHINGTON, D.C. and GATINEAU, Que.– Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, has congratulated the United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and United States Department of Transportation’s Secretary Anthony Foxx, on the announcement of their final Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for heavy-duty vehicles.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly finalized standards today for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that aim to “improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution, bolster energy security and spur manufacturing innovation”.

The final phase two standards were called for by President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, and respond to the President’s directive in early 2014 to develop new standards that run into the next decade.

“The U.S. is showing leadership in tackling climate change. These regulations will steadily reduce harmful climate emissions and improve the fuel economy of large trucks, including tractor trailers, on North American highways through 2027. This is real progress for the environment and for the economy,” Minister McKenna said.

“Canada and the U.S. have a long history of collaborating on regulations to reduce greenhouse gases from heavy-duty vehicles.Regulating this sector is key to providing cleaner air for Canadians. The Government of Canada intends to align with the Phase 2 emission standards, while considering specific implications for the Canadian heavy-duty vehicle, engine and trailer sectors. The proposed Canadian regulations for heavy-duty vehicles will lower greenhouse gas emissions from one of the largest sources in Canada,” she added.

Canada intends to publish proposed regulations for heavy-duty vehicles, Phase 2, by the end of 2016 and will provide a consultation period for Canadians, the government announced.