4 May 2009

Metro Vancouver, BC, Canada, has initiated consultations regarding the development of emission regulations for in-use non-road engines. The program would involve retrofitting, re-powering or replacing older polluting engines with newer engines to reduce diesel PM emissions.

In February 2009, the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors approved a Diesel Emission Reduction Program for Metro Vancouver. A significant component of the program is a Non-Road Diesel Engines Regulatory Initiative.

The major sources of diesel PM emissions in the Metro Vancouver area include marine vessels (43% of PM emissions), nonroad engines (41%), motor vehicles (8%), and railway locomotives (8%).

The city is also requesting senior government support to develop a diesel emission reduction fund. Requests are being considered for the federal government to provide $25 million and for the provincial government to provide $10 million for a non-road diesel emission reduction fund. The $35 million dollars in senior government funding is expected to result in over $200 million in economic activity.

Metro Vancouver has produced a video discussing the need to reduce diesel emissions.

Source: Metro Vancouver