New proposed EPA rules would drive down transportation emissions in a big way

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On Tuesday, April 12, 2023, the Biden administration demonstrated its continued leadership on climate by announcing new proposed limits on tailpipe emissions for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles sold in the United States beginning in model year 2027.

“We are pleased to see the Biden administration planning for the future of clean transportation in our country—and Minnesota is already gearing up for these changes,” said MK Anderson, Senior Policy Associate, Energy Transition at Fresh Energy. “Setting rigorous pollution standards for light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty vehicles is a big step in taking on emissions from transportation and will also make Minnesota a healthier state by reducing air pollution, which is a burden that falls disproportionately on under-resourced communities and those of color.”

Transportation is a significant emitter of greenhouse gases, making the sector a major contributor to climate change. In Minnesota, the transportation sector is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases and accounts for approximately 25% of the state’s overall greenhouse gas emissions.

Fresh Energy is committed to ensuring that Minnesota is ready for an electric transportation future and is working to advance forward-looking policies that pave the way for electric transit and school buses, map a path to zero emissions for on-road vehicles, and ensure equitable access to electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, and electricity rates.