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Environment Canada Invites Comments on Proposed Fuel Economy Standards

Environment Canada has released a detailed consultation document on the proposed regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new on-road heavy-duty vehicles, with the intent of providing an opportunity for interested parties to submit early comments prior to publishing proposed regulations in the Canada Gazette.

Proposed regulations are being developed for pre-publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in early 2012 and will be followed by a formal 60-day consultation period.

Final regulations are targeted for publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II, later in 2012.

The proposed regulations will align with the final U.S. rulemaking; implementation date of the regulations will also be aligned with that of the U.S.

Consultation will continue with the transportation and vehicle manufacturing industries, environmental non-governmental organizations, provinces/territories, and other stakeholders throughout the regulatory development process.

You are invited to review the consultation document and provide comments. These comments will assist in developing the proposed regulations. For a link to the discussion paper, click here.

OBAC is part of a working group of stakeholders that will be reviewing the proposed regulations, and we'd like to hear what you think. If you want to add your two cents, feel free to e-mail us your thoughts, concerns, or ideas and we'll make sure they're included in our comments.

For additional information concerning the consultation document, or to provide written comments directly to Environment Canada, please contact:

Stephane Couroux
Energy and Transportation Directorate
Environment Canada
351 St. Joseph Boulevard
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0H4
Tel: 819-934-6013
E-mail: GHGRegDev_Vehicles@ec.gc.ca

For information on the proposed U.S. regulations and rulemaking process, go to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website.