The Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Line Beauchamp, is pleased by U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to set new federal standards for passenger vehicle fuel consumption. On January 26, President Obama also announced his intention to grant a request by California and other states to adopt and impose greenhouse gas emissions standards for passenger vehicles that exceed U.S. federal requirements.
“Considering that the transportation sector is where we must make the most efforts to fight climate change, passenger vehicle emissions regulations are crucial. This announcement is very important for Québec because it will help us achieve the objectives of our climate change action plan,” stated Minister Beauchamp.
While in Bali in December 2007, Minister Beauchamp announced in the presence of the California State Secretary for Environmental Protection, Linda S. Adams, that a regulation on greenhouse gas emissions by passenger vehicles in Québec would be published. In doing so, Québec became the first Canadian province to join California and the some fifteen other American states in an effort to substantially reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. When her draft regulation was published, the Québec government also insisted that it come into force concurrently with the standards of the progressive American states.
“President Obama’s decision shows us that the leadership practiced by certain federated states can produce results. Let’s hope that the same can also be said for implementing a North American carbon market,” concluded the Minister.
2006-2012 Climate Change Action Plan
Ministère du Développement Durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs