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DEC announces all vehicles must be zero-emission by 2035

Jan 01, 2023 12:30 am

Melissa Manno is reporting for the Times Union all new passenger cars and trucks sold in New York will be zero-emission vehicles by 2035, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said. New York is the most recent state to adopt the Advanced Clean Car II regulations. Those regulations are intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide significant air quality and health benefits, especially in low-income communities burdened by transportation-related pollution. The state will invest more than $1 billion in zero-emission vehicles over the next five years to meet its 100 percent all-electric vehicle sales goal by 2035. The plan intends to promote sustainability and renewable energy. The regulations include revised pollutant standards for passenger cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty vehicles with internal combustion engines made between 2026 through 2034. The adoption of Advanced Clean Cars II has been in the works since the enactment of the Climate Plan in 2019 and it will support the state in achieving its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels as required by the Climate Act. The state will launch initiatives including zero-emission vehicle purchase rebates through NYSERDA to expand electric vehicle use. And the Advanced Building Codes, Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards Act of 2022 will go into effect on January 1, to set minimum energy and water efficiency requirements for residential and commercial products. Read the full story in the Times Union.

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