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Speech for

The Honourable Peter Kent, P.C., M.P.,

Minister of the Environment,

Proposed Light Duty Vehicle Regulations

for Model Years 2017 and Beyond

Ottawa, Ontario

November 27, 2012

 Good afternoon, everyone.

I’m here to share some good news about Canada’s latest actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

As the first Canadian government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, we have been taking a sector-by-sector approach to achieve real environmental and economic benefits for all Canadians. Given that the transportation sector generates nearly one-quarter of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions—tackling climate change means addressing on-road emissions. And that’s exactly what this government has been doing.

In September 2010, Canadian greenhouse gas emissions regulations for light duty vehicles for model years 2011 to 2016 came into force establishing a common Canada–United States standard.

We proposed regulations for greenhouse gas emissions for on-road heavy duty vehicles affecting 2014 and later model years last April.

This July, we proposed new standards to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the marine sector.

And today, I’m pleased to announce, we are proposing regulations for new passenger vehicles and light trucks for model years 2017 and beyond. We expect these regulations to be finalized next year (2013).

By building on regulations currently in place for model years 2011 to 2016, we will generate tremendous benefits—for the environment, for consumers and for the economy.

Compared to 2008 models, vehicles rolling off the line in 2025 will produce almost 50 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and consume up to 50 percent less fuel. This improved fuel efficiency is expected to save Canadians upwards of $900 in fuel costs per year, per car, while reducing GHG’s by 162 megatonnes.

These actions prove that we can both tackle climate change and save at the pump both at the same time.

Since these proposed regulations align with the stringent standards of the United States, they will not only deliver important environmental benefits, but they will also keep our manufacturers competitive. And that will protect Canadian jobs.

Given the integrated nature of the North American automotive industry, it makes sense for us to cooperate closely with the United States on regulations. Our approach is consistent with the overall goal of the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council, which aims to achieve greater alignment and reliance on each other's regulatory system.  

As the race for better fuel efficiency continues to drive increased global competition in the auto sector, Canada and the United States have worked together so that North America can have a common long-term approach.  This is consistent with the overall goal of the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council, which aims to achieve greater alignment and reliance on each other's regulatory system.

Canada is also making a tangible contribution to the development of North American standards. In the first round of regulations for 2011-16 model years, Canada offered strong regulatory incentives to encourage companies to introduce advanced technology vehicles such as electric cars. Given Canada’s clean electricity grid, this regulatory incentive makes sense. For the 2017 to 2021 model years, Canada is also proposing measures to achieve the desired environmental benefits while reducing the administrative burden for car companies.

Following our sector by sector approach, we’ve already taken action on two of Canada’s largest sources of emissions—transportation and electricity. And we will develop standards to reach the same goals in the oil and gas sector as well.

Canada is halfway there in its national effort to meet its Copenhagen target to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions by 17% from 2005 levels by 2020. The combined efforts to date of federal, provincial and territorial governments, of consumers, and of businesses will generate half the GHG reduction required to meet Canada’s GHG target for 2020.

Environment Canada will continue to work constructively both here at home and with its international counterparts abroad. Together, we will create the conditions not only to achieve our emission targets, but also to support continued economic growth.

Thank you.

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