The provincial government recently unveiled what it, and environmental groups agree, is the most ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gases in North America. Here are two targets from the throne speech:
- Tailpipe emission standards for all new vehicles sold in B.C. will be phased in between 2009 and 2016, reducing carbon dioxide emissions from autos by 30 per cent.
- A low-carbon fuel standard will be established that will reduce carbon intensity of all passenger vehicles by at least 10 per cent by 2020.
Keep in mind this isn't legal language ("new vehicle" "autos" and "passenger vehicles") and definitions will all come later.
Details will be worked out in the next year by a yet-unnamed climate change panel. On the face of it, motorcycles emit far less carbon than cars, but because they are rarely used for anything but pleasure, they're pure pollution machines. Options for government include hefty gasoline taxes and penalizing inefficiency. On the other hand, there are relatively few motorcyles on the road so they probably don't make much of a contribution.
Change is coming. Anyone see Honda's new F1 car paint job?