Harmonization of the Heavy-duty and Engine Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulation with the United States is the Right Approach
TORONTO, April 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Member companies of the Canadian Vehicle
Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA), Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, and
Navistar, support Environment Minister Kent’s announcement today to
fully align with the U.S. national regulations for new on-road
heavy-duty vehicle and engine greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for 2014
and later model years. This aligned approach is the most effective
approach to reduce new heavy-duty vehicle GHG emissions by clearly
recognizing that the heavy-duty vehicle and engine industry is
integrated on a North American basis. These aligned regulations would
include all of the same emissions standards and test procedures as in
the U.S. and would be regulated under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
The CVMA members build vehicles that cover the full spectrum of vehicles
classes, from Classes 2b to 8, being contemplated under the proposed
regulation. This approach is similar to that recently undertaken for
the passenger automobile and light truck greenhouse gas regulation and
provides for a common North American approach. Vehicle manufacturers
are pleased that this will result in one national heavy-duty vehicle
and engine GHG standard for Canada and the United States. Mr. Mark
Nantais, President of the CVMA said that “this move to align heavy-duty
vehicle and engine GHG emissions regulations with those of the U.S.
allows for easier access to the latest advanced fuel efficient vehicle
technologies, including alternate fuels such as liquefied natural gas.
The economies of scale from this single market will provide cost
effectiveness for the consumer and lead to more rapid fleet turnover
with greater benefits to the environment”.
The regulatory approach is also consistent with the action plans as
developed by the Regulatory Cooperation Council under the Shared Vision
for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness between Canada and
the United States, as announced in February 2011 by Prime Minister
Harper and U.S. President Obama.
About the CVMA
The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association is the industry
association that has represented Canada’s leading manufacturers of
light and heavy duty motor vehicles for more than 85 years. Its
membership includes Chrysler Canada Inc.; Ford Motor Company of Canada,
Limited; General Motors of Canada Limited; and Navistar Canada, Inc.
Collectively its members account for 70% of vehicles produced in
Canada, operate 5 vehicle assembly plants as well as engine and
components plants, and have over 1,300 dealerships. 125,000 jobs are
directly tied to vehicle assembly in Canada. Direct and indirect jobs
associated with vehicle manufacturing are estimated at over 500,000
SOURCE Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA)