Environment Canada has published draft regulations that would make Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for new vehicles compatible with those implemented by the U.S. EPA. The proposed regulations would establish mandatory emission standards for new vehicles beginning with the 2011 model year. They would require that vehicle manufacturers and importers meet fleet average GHG emission standards for their passenger cars and light trucks for the 2011 and late model years.

According to the agency, the proposals also include provisions to establish compliance flexibilities designed to provide appropriate lead-time for technological improvements and a transition to a more stringent regulatory program. These include a system for generating, banking and trading emission credits that could be used to offset any emission deficits incurred; allowance for making GHG-reducing improvements to vehicle air conditioning systems and innovative technologies to reduce GHG emissions. A 60-day public comment period began when the proposal was published on March 25, 2010; objectors can request that a board of review be established. When finalized, the standards will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II.