Environmental Minister David Anderson announced April 4 the
government's intention to regulate SUV and diesel truck
emissions that impose requirements similar to those in place
in the United States.
fuels and engine emissions have been regulated on a progressively
more stringent basis in North America since the 1970's,"
said David Bradley, CEO, the Canadian Trucking Alliance. "The
new regulations are simply the next step in that process, though
perhaps the most spectacular."
said new fuels and engines will likely cost more than current
engines and fuels, at least in the beginning. There are many
unanswered questions concerning the impact of the new rules
on fuel efficiency and maintenance costs, he added.
long as carriers on both sides of the border are required to
operate under the same standards, the impact will be equitable,"
Bradley said. He urged the government in its next budget to
consider tax incentives for companies that invest in the new
technologies and fuels. He also urged stricter emission standards
for diesel locomotive engines.
apply to emissions of nitrogen oxides with the goal of cutting
emissions by 95 to 90 percent by the time 20007 models are introduced
to the marketplace. Diesel truck engines will employ technological
add-ons such as cooled exhaust gas re-circulation (EGR); particulate
traps; Nox absorbers or other technologies under development.
the United States and Canada have called for a 97 percent reduction
in the sulfur content of trick diesel fuel from 500 parts per
million to 15 parts per million by 2006.