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Environmental impacts of SUVs

Like the 195 other countries that signed the 2015 Paris Agreement, Canada pledged to reduce its GHG emissions in order to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. However, the country's emissions have failed to show any real decline. The reason? The transportation sector’s negative track record and its emissions that continue to rise year after year, primarily as a result of the growing numbers of light-duty trucks on the road.

The numbers are clear: between 1990 and 2018, GHG emissions from light-duty trucks rose by 156% in Canada, contributing to the overall increase in nationwide emissions (+21%). In fact, it was the only sector whose emissions did not decline in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In 2018, large vehicles emitted an average of 31% more GHGs per mile than standard cars, and it was the only sector whose emissions did not decline in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Not only are there more of these large vehicles on the road, but they also pollute a lot more. According to the Équiterre study entitled The Rise of Light-duty Trucks in Canada: Reversing the Trend, light-duty trucks, which include SUVs, consume on average 20% more fuel than an equivalent car. And because of their size, they also use up more natural resources.

In order to fight climate change, it is therefore critical to reduce the size of our vehicles. As individuals, we need to rethink our needs and be less wasteful.



Sources:

Synthesis Report

L’état de l’énergie au Québec 2022 (HEC) [data sourced from the Office of Energy Efficiency (NRCAN)] lien vers le texte anglais??

Inventaire des GES du Québec 2019

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