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Motor vehicle fuel consumption regulations: consultations begin


Since the transportation sector accounts for about 25 percent of all greenhouse gas (GHG) and air pollutant emissions in Canada, the federal government is committed to implementing national fuel consumption regulations for motor vehicles. Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, yesterday announced that consultations will soon begin with automotive, environmental and other stakeholders as well as every Canadian province and territory.

In 2006, the average fuel consumption for the new vehicle fleet was approximately 8.6 L/100 km (27 mpg) in Canada. Much like the United States with their new CAFE regulations, which include a target of 6.7 L/100 km (35 mpg) for all vehicles to be sold in 2020, Canada will prescribe a standard that will be designed to maximize the environmental and economic benefits for the whole country while achieving -- at minimum -- the same target as the U.S. The consultations announced by the minister will be key to delivering said standard.

Significant impacts

The new Canadian regulations will ensure that, 12 years from now, the average new vehicle sold in Canada will offer better fuel economy than some of today's hybrid cars and produce fewer GHG emissions than approximately 93 percent of all vehicle entries listed in the 2008 Fuel Consumption Guide.

All interested parties are encouraged to submit their views by writing to Transport Canada no later than March 15, 2008. The regulations will likely come into force for the 2011 model year.