Canada and California team up to tackle vehicle climate pollution
“As the world’s fifth-largest economy and a global leader in clean transportation, California is a leading example of how climate action can be good for people, the environment and the economy. We look forward to working with California to fight climate change, keep the air clean and give drivers better options for cleaner, more affordable vehicles. By supporting clean innovation in Canada’s auto sector, we can build the vehicles of the future here at home, create good jobs, and remain competitive—all while reducing pollution and helping Canadians save hundreds of dollars a year at the pump.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
“We are making it easier and more affordable for people to own more efficient and non-emitting vehicles, and we continue to work with partners around the world to provide that choice. Improving air quality, and lowering day-to-day costs for families remains a top priority for our government.”
– Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources
“California takes a backseat to no one when it comes to combatting climate change, standing up for clean air and protecting the health of future generations. We look forward to working with Canada to adopt clean technologies that take us closer to our clean air goals.”
– Gavin Newsom, Governor of California
“Both California and Canada are committed to our clean car future. We both recognize that cleaner vehicles and fuels will be critical to combating climate change, cleaning up air across our communities, and saving Canadians and Californians money at the pump.”
– Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board
California and Canada are close economic partners, with 1.2 million jobs in California dependent on trade and investment with Canada. California sells US $26.2 billion in goods and services to Canada annually.
Under the current regulations, new 2025 model year light-duty vehicles are expected to burn up to 50% less fuel and emit 50% fewer greenhouse gases than vehicles built in 2008.
Canada has committed to a mid-term review of its light-duty vehicle regulations and preliminary consultations under that review began last year. Environment and Climate Change Canada will make a final decision about the standards for the 2022-2025 period for light-duty vehicles only after completing that review, with full consideration of the costs and benefits of various regulatory options. In making this decision, the government will take into account the importance of the integrated North American auto market as well as uniquely Canadian circumstances.
In total, more than $5.6 billion in automotive sector investments have been announced in Canadian operations since 2015, creating and maintaining tens of thousands of good middle-class automotive jobs.
Today in California, one in ten new cars sold is a plug-in car, and half of all plug-in cars sold in the United States to date—almost 600,000—are in California.
California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard went into effect in 2011 and has helped make the state a leader in advanced clean fuels. To date, California has displaced 3.3 billion gallons of petroleum-based fuels with low-carbon alternatives, including renewable diesel, electricity and renewable natural gas.
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Environment and Climate Change Canada
819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free)
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