Automakers Support Canada’s New Smog Emissions Standards

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Vehicle Related Smog Emissions1985 - 2010

Vehicle Related Smog Emissions1985 – 2010 (CNW Group/Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA))

TORONTO – The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA) supports the announcement that Environment Canada intends adopt Tier 3 emissions standards, harmonized with those developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These new emissions standards, when combined with Tier 3 ultra-low sulphur (10 ppm) gasoline, will build on the significant reductions achieved to date by the automotive industry, most recently through Tier 2 standards harmonized across North America. In fact, for the past 26 years, light duty on-road transportation is the only sector in Canada to demonstrate a continuous and sustained year-over-year reduction in smog causing emissions.

“Canada’s commitment to Tier 3 emissions standards confirms that Canadians will continue to benefit from the most stringent emissions standards in the world,” said Mark Nantais, president of the CVMA. “Since smog-related emissions are not constrained by international borders, harmonized Tier 3 emission regulations are an important first step, as Tier 3 ultra-low sulphur gasoline requirements will be needed to ensure these advanced emission control technologies will provide Canadians, like their U.S. counterparts, the same air quality improvements.”

Harmonized standards with the EPA also ensure advanced vehicle technologies can be offered to Canadian customers at more affordable prices by leveraging North American economies of scale. The Tier 3 standards are being introduced at the same time as vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards over the period of 2017- 2025, which will also be harmonized with the U.S., consistent with the objectives of the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council’s action plan.

“These are very stringent requirements, and manufacturers are committed to doing their part,” added Nantais.

As a result of the continuous improvements made to vehicle emissions since 1985, light duty vehicles today account for just 9% of the total emission inventory across all sectors in Canada, according to the latest Environment Canada emissions inventory (see graph).

SOURCE: Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA)

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