On Thursday, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change announced stricter carbon pollution regulations for heavy-duty vehicles beginning in 2020.  CN photo.

On Thursday, the Government of Canada announced new carbon pollution regulations for heavy-duty vehicles which will be implemented in 2020 and will become increasingly stringent until 2027.

“Large vehicles are an important part of Canada’s economy—we rely on them to get kids to school, move goods to customers, and keep our neighbourhoods clean”, said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

She added “They also contribute to smog and carbon pollution, which harm our health and our environment. With these new regulations, we are making the air cleaner and fighting climate change while helping businesses compete and grow and supporting jobs for middle-class Canadians.”

According to the federal government, heavy-duty vehicle emissions account for 9 per cent of Canada’s total emissions and emissions from the freight sector are expected to be more than passenger vehicles by 2030.

Isabelle Turcotte, interim director, federal policy at the Pembina Institute said the announcement “shows that Canada has taken another step in implementing the country’s climate action plan — the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.”

In Canada, carbon pollution from heavy-duty vehicles has almost tripled since 1990 and is now comparable to emissions from coal-fired electricity. These carbon pollution regulations will rein in rising carbon pollution from this part of the Canadian transportation sector.

The new standards will cut carbon pollution by approximately 6 million tonnes per year by 2030, the equivalent of taking about 1.5 million cars of the road for one year.

“Progress like today’s announcement is fundamental to meeting our 2030 Paris target and to the long-term decarbonization of the transport sector”, said Turcotte.