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Published: May 15, 2007
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OTTAWA, May 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and the
Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment together with
Mr. Cliff Mackay, president and chief executive officer of the
Railway Association of Canada (RAC) today announced a new
agreement that will help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas
(GHG) emissions in the rail sector.
"Canada's New Government is serious about tackling climate
change and protecting the air we breathe," said Minister Cannon.
"Actions taken under this agreement are expected to reduce air
pollutants from the railway industry and improve railway fuel
efficiency, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions."
"This is another good example of industry and government working
together to address climate change and improve Canada's air
quality," explained Minister Baird. "We will begin to regulate
emissions from the rail industry in 2011, but while regulations
are being put in place, this agreement provides a framework for
realizing reductions in both air pollutants and greenhouse gas
This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the four large
Canadian railway companies (Canadian National, Canadian Pacific,
Via Rail and Go Transit) is a first step in a broader plan to
reduce air pollution from railway operations consistent with the
requirements of the world-leading standards of the United States
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The MOU will help Canada
turn the corner on climate change and build towards its goal of
a 150 megatonne absolute GHG reduction by 2020.
In short, the railways have collectively agreed to:
||adopt greenhouse gas
targets that will reduce GHG emissions;
||prepare an action plan for
GHG emissions reduction;
||purchase only new,
EPA-certified locomotives; and
in-service locomotives when they are overhauled,
||beginning in 2010, to the
EPA standards in effect at that time.
This agreement is similar to the approach taken in the auto
sector in which voluntary action is to be followed by a
regulation. This approach delivers immediate actions to address
air pollutant and GHG emissions from railways while regulations
are being prepared. Next steps include the Government of Canada
working with the rail industry to reach MOU goals and
consulting with them to put regulations in place in 2011.
"This new MOU is the result of careful negotiations," stated Mr.
Mackay. "It will help ensure significant reductions of
greenhouse gas emissions without compromising the railway
industry's ability to provide a high quality of service to its
A backgrounder on the specifics of the MOU and its contribution
to cleaner air for Canadians is attached.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN
THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA AND THE RAILWAY ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
Greenhouse gases (GHGs) and air pollution represent serious
threats to human health and the environment. Climate change
results from the emission of GHGs. Air quality issues, such as
smog and acid rain, result from the presence and interaction of
air pollutants, including nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, sulphur
oxides, particulate matter and carbon monoxide.
The Railway Association of Canada (RAC), Environment Canada and
Transport Canada have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
on rail emissions that will protect the health of Canadians and
the environment. It establishes a framework for reducing air
pollution and GHG emissions from railway locomotives operated by
Canadian railway companies in Canada.
Building on success
This MOU is effective until December 31, 2010. The agreement:
||reflects targets and
action plans from the rail industry's emission reduction
and fleet renewal strategies for the period 2006-2015;
||protects the health of
Canadians and the environment.
This MOU will help Canada turn the corner on climate change
and air pollution as Canada's major railway companies - Canadian
National, Canadian Pacific, VIA Rail and Go Transit - have
||buy only new and freshly
manufactured locomotives that meet United States
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions
medium-horsepower locomotives built between 1973 and
remanufacturing, all high-horsepower locomotives to EPA
emissions standards; and
remanufacturing, all medium-horsepower locomotives built
after 1972 to EPA emissions standards.
Under the MOU, RAC will also encourage all of its members to
make every effort to reduce their collective GHG emissions from
railway operations. Specific GHG targets were set for major
freight railways, short line railways, intercity passenger rail
and commuter rail services. The 2010 GHG reduction target for
the major freight railways represents a 44 per cent improvement
The MOU's GHG targets and actions align with EPA emissions
standards and will produce continuous and measurable progress in
eliminating pollution entering the air from Canada's rail