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Canada orders automakers to halve emissions

Published on Nov 28, 2012 6:21 AM

OTTAWA (AFP) - Canada's environment minister unveiled on Thursday new regulations to improve fuel efficiency and halve the greenhouse gas emissions of passenger vehicles and light trucks.

The tougher standards, which must still be approved by parliament, would apply to model years 2017 to 2025 and align Canada's regulatory regime with the United States.

"By 2025, new cars will consume 50 per cent less fuel and emit 50 per cent less greenhouse gases than a similar 2008 model, leading to significant savings at the pump," Minister Peter Kent said in a statement.

"At today's gas prices, a Canadian driving a model year 2025 vehicle would pay, on average, around US$900 (S$1,100) less per year compared to driving today's new vehicles," he said.

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