Canada issues locomotive emissions regulations to improve air quality

New regulations to reduce air pollutants emissions from railway locomotives have been passed by Canada. The Locomotive Emissions Regulations, which were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, were developed under the Railway Safety Act. The Regulations will limit harmful emissions from locomotives operated by railway companies under federal jurisdiction through mandatory emission standards and reduced idling.
These regulations align with those of the United States, which was one of the goals of the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council Locomotive Emissions Initiative. The regulations support the Government of Canada’s efforts to transition to a greener transport sector and to advance green technologies.
“Our clean transport efforts will achieve emission reductions, improve human health, and help protect the environment, while supporting clean growth and generating well-paying jobs for Canadians. We all will benefit by reducing rail sector emissions and by supporting research of new and emerging technologies,” Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, said.
Complementing these new regulations, ten research projects at Canadian universities will receive funding under the Clean Rail Academic Grant Program. Each research project will receive a grant of USD 25,000. Through this program, Transport Canada will advance research into innovations that further address air emissions from the rail sector.

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