Harper-Obama Joint Forward Plan Includes Natural Gas Vehicles
The Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance and Canadian Gas Association are expressing their full support for a new plan that will see greater cooperation between Canada and the United States on the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel.
The two governments have released the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council’s Joint Forward Plan, setting the stage for improvements in the way regulatory departments and agencies in both countries work together.
“The Plan makes it easier for businesses to operate in both countries with 24 priority areas identified including the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel,” states a CNGVA-CGA release.
Common Codes and Alignment
“Greater cooperation between the two countries will help ensure consumer choice, foster economic development, and keep Canada competitive, particularly with our biggest trading partner, the United States,” said CGA president Timothy Egan.
“In the area of alternative fuel use in transportation, namely natural gas,” states the Joint Forward Plan, “Natural Resources Canada and the U.S. Department of Energy will continue to build on previous work and facilitate the development of common codes and standards by industry organizations, and explore any opportunities for alignment among stakeholders.
“This includes a commitment to share information, identify emerging areas in natural gas deployment, and explore challenges in codes and standards harmonization,” the document states.
“Regulatory cooperation supporting greater use of natural gas in the transportation sector is a win-win for both Canada and the United States,” said CNGVA president Alicia Milner. She cited North America’s “tremendous natural gas resource advantage,” and said that Canada’s NGV industry “looks forward to continued collaboration with Natural Resources Canada to address technical barriers and to provide outreach to fleets interested in natural gas vehicle deployment.”
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Source: Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance with Fleets & Fuels follow-up