Given that the trucking industry makes up one-quarter of all CO2 emissions in Canada, environmentalists are applauding a plan to cap pollution from Heavy Vehicles. Effectively removing the equivalent of 650,000 cars off the roads the new regulations will commence from 2014.
The Canadian plan to introduce regulations to cap emissions from new heavy trucks comes nearly eight months after the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation’s National High-way Traffic Safety Administration in the United States finalized their own standards.
“Since the transportation sector makes up nearly one-quarter of all emissions (in Canada), any climate change strategy must take a hard look at what happens on our highways,” Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent said, speaking at a trucking company near Montreal. “That’s exactly what we’re doing today.”
Environment Canada anticipates the regulations will set standards for new vehicles starting in the 2014 model year and result in reductions equivalent to removing about 650,000 personal vehicles from the road.
The estimated reductions would also be equivalent to about three megatonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2020. The government has anticipated it still needs to eliminate about 175 megatonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions by 2020 to meet its own climate-change target.
Emissions projections from Environment Canada indicate the government will not be able to meet its target without putting a cap on growth from the oilsands sector, which is cancelling out reductions made by other industries.
“Today’s announcement is further proof of the need for a comprehensive climate plan that includes a cap on all industrial emissions,” said John Bennett, executive director of Sierra Club Canada. “The projected growth in emissions from oil and gas production will render the investment by the trucking industry meaningless just as they have swamped Ontario’s shutdown of coal plants.”
Kent has said the government is still consulting with the oil and gas industry on potential regulations.
Source: The Calgary Herald