06 Apr 2010 12:04:15
US and Canada announce vehicle emission proposals
New regulations aimed at reducing vehicle emissions have been proposed by the United States and Canada.
The rules were finalised in each country separately, but politicians claim the two countries will effectively share the same standards.
They will apply to 2012 model cars, which will be manufactured next year.
Canadian environment minister Jim Prentice said the two nations have been working on new standards since last May.
"We are pleased to be taking this step to further harmonise out climate change action with the Obama administration," he remarked.
Both the US and Canada aim to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020, compared to 2005 levels.
The news comes after the European Parliament introduced new vehicle emission regulations last year.
It aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new cars significantly by 2015, with manufacturers who fail to meet the targets facing large fines per additional gram.http://tinyurl.com/yk5bgjf