The transportation of consumables as varied as fruit, vegetables, timber, steel and your internet orders, is making an incredible contribution to global warming. The transportation sector makes up approximately 25 percent of Canada’s emissions.
Thousands of big trucks are on the highways and bi-ways of North America - day and night - ensuring our grocery stores, factories, department stores and construction sites have the goods they need for production and sale.
These big trucks create a huge environmental footprint because they are fuel inefficient and constantly on the road emitting carbon pollution.
The Americans are set to announce a significant climate change regulation today that will reign in pollution from large vehicles. Canada has worked collaboratively with the U.S. towards common North American standards for greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.
The regulations will set fuel efficiency targets for big trucks, larger pic-ups, delivery vehicles, buses and dump trucks. It will require truck manufacturers to increase their fuel efficiency by about a third, up from the current average of about six miles a gallon.
in 2014 the Government of Canada announced that it intends to start developing more stringent standards to further reduce GHG emissions and fuel consumption from post-2018 model year heavy-duty vehicles and engines, building on existing regulations for the 2014 to 2018 model years.
As a result of the existing regulations, GHG emissions from 2018 model-year heavy-duty vehicles will be reduced by up to 23 per cent.
Regulations that force manufacturers and truck companies to operate more efficiently should have a positive impact on carbon emissions and perhaps reduce the sticker shock that we all face because of the cost of higher fuel prices which are passed on to consumers.