Canadian Government Develops Zero-Emissions Vehicle Strategy
Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport and Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced on May 26 that the Government of Canada is moving forward to develop a sustainable urban mobility strategy by increasing the number of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVS) on Canadian roads by 2018.
Transportation & Emissions
Transportation accounts for about 24 percent of Canada’s emissions, mostly from cars and trucks. In 2015, light-duty vehicle emissions accounted for approximately 50 percent of Canada’s transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions, and 12 percent of the country’s total emissions. ZEVs, which include battery electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, offer the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the light-duty vehicle sector.
Under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, federal, provincial and territorial governments committed to work with industry and stakeholders to develop a Canada-wide ZEV strategy by 2018.
National Advisory Group
To advance the strategy, a national Advisory Group has been established to contribute to developing options for addressing the key barriers for greater deployment of these technologies in five areas:
- Vehicle supply,
- Cost and benefits of ownership,
- Infrastructure readiness,
- Public awareness,
- Clean growth and clean jobs.
The Advisory Group includes representatives from governments, industry, consumer and non-government organizations and academia.
The Government of Canada has made an important start in supporting further deployment of ZEVs by providing $62.5 million through Budget 2016 and an additional $120 million through Budget 2017 for Natural Resources Canada to deploy infrastructure for electric vehicle charging and refuelling stations for alternative fuel such as natural gas and hydrogen, as well as to support technology demonstration projects.
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SOURCE Transport Canada
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