By Nick Gilbert
Denis Lebel, the Honorable Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities has declared that the Government of Canada is continually committed in developing clean vehicle technologies.
Canadians will get clean, new and safe options for transportation, through the work jointly done by the automotive industry and the Government.
A variety of innovations will be launched by the automotive industry over the coming years, in order to enhance the safety of the vehicle and to fulfill the rigorous environmental regulations
The ecoTECHNOLOGY for Vehicles Program is a five year program to examine the advanced vehicle technologies in order to further develop the environmental and safety regulations, industry standards and codes. The budget of this program is $38 million. Alignment of vehicle regulations will be done based on the test results, in order to minimize and avoid barriers to cross-border trade, to help the growth of the economy, increase jobs, and to lessen the expenses for consumers and business.
Testing activities will be expanded through this new program, wherein a wide range of technologies and heavy-duty trucks will be included. The program received funding during budget 2011, which belongs to the Clean Transportation proposals based on the renewal of the Clean Air Agenda of the Government of Canada.
The Clean Transportation Initiatives focus on bringing the regulations in Canada, in line with those in the USA and global standards that enhances the efficiency of the progressing clean technologies and transportation system.
Through these initiatives, Canada will attain its target of minimizing the emissions of greenhouse gas by 17% from 2005 levels by 2020.