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Colorado Governor Polis’ clean truck strategy would cut pollution and save money

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis released his strategy to encourage the adoption of zero-emission medium and heavy-duty trucks that his administration says will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 45% in that state by 2050.

The administration said the clean truck strategy could also save small businesses billions in truck maintenance and fuel costs.

“We have a (n)historic opportunity to support a transition to clean, zero-emission trucks and buses that will reduce harmful air pollution, advance our climate goals and save fleets millions of dollars a year in fuel costs,” said Will Toor, executive director of the Colorado Energy Office. “We believe this is an actionable and comprehensive strategic plan for Colorado that can help us jump-start the zero-emission truck and bus market by tapping into new opportunities and funding sources and ensuring that our efforts are focused where they can make the biggest difference.”

The administration said the new strategy would help fight climate change, improve air quality and help communities disproportionately affected by emissions of transportation pollutants. A state-led medium and heavy-duty vehicle study found that most medium- and heavy-duty truck owners are small businesses. The study found that switching to zero-emission trucks would save owners an estimated $5.8 billion by 2050 through reduced maintenance costs and fuel savings.

The study found that accelerating the transition to zero-emission medium-to-heavy-duty vehicles could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from these trucks by 45-59%, cut nitrogen oxide emissions by 54-93% and reduce particulate emissions by 53-68%. percent below 2005 levels.

The Clean Truck Strategy includes a vision statement focused on transitioning to zero-emission medium-to-heavy-duty vehicles; clear goals and objectives for the state to measure progress; a set of 34 actions to be implemented by state agencies; a focus on implementing and mobilizing new funding opportunities and sources; and a hearing to consider adopting rules to reduce pollution from diesel vehicles.

A draft of the strategy is available for public review until April 4. Public webinars on the strategy will be held from 6-8 p.m. on March 30 and from 2-3:30 p.m. on March 31. Written comments can be sent to the state as well.