The government of the Canadian province of Québec will adopt California’s greenhouse gas standards for new light-duty vehicles. Provincial Environment Minister Line Beauchamp made the announcement at the UN climate change summit in Bali. Beauchamp said the new standards will come into effect between 2010 and 2016.
The standards call for an average reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in new light-duty vehicles by 30% by 2016.
The transport sector contributes the largest proportion of greenhouse gas emissions in Québec, and they continue to rise. More than 50% of the transport sector’s GHG emissions are generated by light duty vehicles.
Citizens of Québec will be the first to benefit from this regulation since the new vehicles sold will be more effective and environmentally friendly. Less fuel will be needed to cover the same distance, which is an undeniable economic advantage for the consumer Québec in a context of rising oil prices. Ultimately, it should result in an increase in household disposable income. The industries located in Québec will pursue opportunities for the manufacture of lighter auto parts, especially with aluminum, to respond to this new reality in North America.—Environment Minister Beauchamp
The draft regulation also provides for a system of tradeable credits to reward manufacturers whose fleet is more efficient than the standards required, as well as royalties, which will be donated to the Green Fund, to incite others to comply.
Like the baseline California regulation specified in AB 1493 (earlier post), the Québec draft regulations specify two categories of vehicles.
There are some differences, such as the Québec regulations drawing a distinction between large volume manufacturers and other automakers. The fleet average emission requirement for an “other” manufacturer, for each category and for the 2016 model year, is the maximum average emission shown for the 2012 model year for the large-volume manufacturers.
|QUÉBEC MAXIMUM GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION STANDARDS|
Grams CO2 equivalent/km
|Model Year||Large Volume Manufacturer|
GVW <3,855 kg;
LCV LVW <1,705 kg
GVW>3,855 kg, < 4,535 kg;
LCV GVW<3,855 kg, LVW >1,705kg
|GVW = Gross Vehicle Weight|
LCV = Light Commercial Vehicle
LVW = Loaded Vehicle Weight
The draft regulations will be open for public comment for 60 days, beginning 3 Jan 2008. The draft is posted on the website of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks.
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