NRDC: Colorado Energy Office reports green light for clean trucks


DENVER – The Colorado Energy Office released a report prepared by MJ Bradley & Associates showing that adopting two new policies to get clean trucks on the road can save Coloradians up to $ 20.4 billion over the next 30 years. The Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) rule would require truck manufacturers to increase sales of zero-emission trucks in the state, while the Heavy-Duty Omnibus (HDO) rule would require manufacturers to reduce air pollution by new combustion engine trucks.

The following is a statement from Patricio Portillo, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) transport analyst:

“Having cleaner trucks on the road is critical to tackling the ubiquitous air pollution in Colorado. This report confirms that powering trucks with clean electricity rather than dirty diesel will improve public health and lower costs for all Coloradans. Fleet owners can save a lot due to lower maintenance and fuel costs, and utility customers will see their monthly electricity bills lower. Colorado is expected to quickly adopt the Advanced Clean Truck and Heavy-Duty Omnibus rules, which are already progressing in several other states. “


The transition to zero emission trucks is key to cleaning up the dirty air that is making our communities sick. Trucks powered by fossil fuels emit fine particle pollution as well as smog-forming gases. These pollutants cause respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, including asthma, lung cancer, heart attacks and strokes, and can lead to premature death.

Pollution from fossil fuel trucks is particularly prevalent in communities of color and low-income communities, which are more likely to be located near highways and freight hubs. The pollution also disproportionately harms those who work in and next to these trucks, such as railroad workers, truck drivers and warehouse workers.

Colorado has already joined fourteen other states in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing to eliminate toxic air pollution from new sales of medium and heavy trucks and buses by 2050. The adoption of the ACT and HDO rules would represent significant progress towards this MOU commitment, which is the largest multi-state collaboration ever to clean up transportation pollution.

For more information on clean trucks and ACT and HDO rules, please see this blog from NRDC transport experts.


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