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Assess what your true needs are

An awareness campaign on the impacts of SUVs

Compare the impacts of two vehicles

Have you decided you really need a vehicle, being unable to get around via active transportation, public transport, carpooling or car sharing? Before choosing an SUV, compare different vehicles with this tool. It demonstrates the impact of each vehicle and can shine a light on the different possibilities available to you, based on your real needs.

Why take action?

  • SUVs are responsible for 50% of the increase in GHGs in Quebec
  • An SUV produces on average 20% more GHGs than a car
  • An SUV costs $10,000 more initially than a car and $4,000 more each year
  • SUVs are twice as likely to be involved in collisions with pedestrians than cars
  • SUV collisions are 10% more frequent and 28% more deadly for other drivers



« SUVs pose a risk to pedestrian safety and harm our living environments. This campaign speaks to Équiterre’s strategy of considering SUVs’ crosscutting impacts on our society and of partnering with multiple groups to tackle their proliferation head on. »

Sandrine Cabana-Degani

Executive Director of Piétons Québec

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The "Assess what your true needs are" campaign is coordinated by Équiterre with financial support from the Government of Canada.

This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada.

Collaborating partners include Accès Transports Viables, the Automobile Protection Association, CAA-Quebec, the Canada Research Chair in the Mobility of People, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Fondation québécoise d'éducation en sécurité routière, HEC Montréal, Option Consommateurs and Piétons Québec.