Fuel Improvements and New Vehicle Engines Cut Tailpipe Emissions by 90%
OTTAWA, Oct. 2, 2012 /CNW/ – Canadians pump 75 billion litres of
petroleum fuels annually (more than 200 million litres every day) to
travel a total of 325 billion kilometres annually, the equivalent of
eight million trips around the world.
“What may come as a surprise, air quality in Canada is improving even
though the number of cars and kilometres driven have increased,” said
Peter Boag, President, Canadian Fuels Association (formerly the
Canadian Petroleum Products Institute).
Today’s cleaner fuels combined with a newer, more environmentally
friendly vehicle have cut smog-forming emissions by 90 percent compared
to 20 years ago.
These greener fuels are the product of years of continuous improvement
by Canadian Fuels members to enhance vehicle environmental performance
and improve air quality.
The attached Environment Canada charts show the national decline in
emissions of smog precursors, nitrous oxide (NOx), volatile organic
compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter (PM2.5), for light-duty
gasoline vehicles from 1995 – 2010.
And our petroleum-based fuels keep on improving. Environment Canada
predicts that by 2030, total Canadian on-road vehicle (including heavy
duty vehicles) emissions for nitrous oxide, sulphur oxide and
particulate matter will drop by 79 percent, 69 percent and 57 percent
respectively compared to 2005 levels.
“While there is always more work to be done, we have taken our
environmental responsibilities seriously for decades. In the past ten
years alone, our members have invested more than $8-billion to improve
the environmental performance of fuels and the facilities that produce
them,” Boag added.
But we won’t stop there. Our members are committed to continuously
improve the quality and environmental performance of transportation
“Our members produce almost all the fuels that power Canada’s trucks,
buses, trains, ships, planes and cars. Ninety five percent of those
fuels are manufactured from petroleum. Our members are also the
country’s largest distributors of biofuels. While the future fuel mix
will be more diverse, Canadians will continue to rely on petroleum
fuels for their mobility needs for many years to come.”
Nearly everything we do relies on being able to get around.
Transportation fuels not only make it possible to commute to work, get
the kids to school, take the trip to market, and visit with family and
friends – they make it possible to ship billions of dollars of goods
between cities, provinces, across the country, with the U.S. and to
virtually all regions around the world.
We are a society where the movement of people and goods is essential to
Canada’s prosperity and our rising quality of life. Transportation
fuels are critical enablers of that essential mobility.
“Understandably, fuels policy is a growing focus for governments. As a
country, we face important choices to ensure the security, convenience,
quality and affordability of our transportation fuels supply, while at
the same time addressing environmental impacts. As Canada’s fuels
leaders, we bring knowledge, expertise and practical insight to the
policy process,” Boag noted.
“As Canadian Fuels, we have embarked on a new direction with a sharper
focus on fuels issues. Our new name more accurately reflects what our
members do and the value they deliver. Their business is providing
Canadians with a reliable supply of clean, dependable fuels essential
for a strong, sustainable Canadian economy.”
The new direction for Canadian Fuels is about being more active in the
discussion of fuels and Canada’s fuel future. It’s about being more
effective in engaging policy-makers about the connections among
transportation fuels, mobility and prosperity. It’s about creating an
awareness of the implications of public policy and potential for
unintended negative consequences. It’s also about helping consumers by
increasing their knowledge base and ability to make smart mobility and
Canadian Fuels Association members produce the clean fuels that move
Canada forward; we encourage all Canadians to think more about fuels
and their genuine value.
The Canadian Fuels Association is the new name for the Canadian
Petroleum Products Institute.
For a copy of our annual review Fuel 2012, visit our new website: canadianfuels.ca
SOURCE Canadian Fuels Association
Image with caption: “National decline in emissions of smog precursors, nitrous oxide (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate (PM2.5), for light-duty gasoline vehicles from 1995-2010. (CNW Group/Canadian Fuels Association)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121002_C3279_PHOTO_EN_18711.jpg