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Los Angeles announces ambitious zero emissions roadmap

Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city must kick its "zero emissions transportation future into high gear" and the goal is to deliver a 25 per cent reduction in GHGs and pollution by the 2028 Olympic Games.

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LA wants to accelerate the deployment of zero emissions electric vehicles, buses and trucks
LA wants to accelerate the deployment of zero emissions electric vehicles, buses and trucks

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and its partners have announced a transportation plan to speed the deployment of zero-emissions electric cars, buses and trucks and charging stations across the Los Angeles region.

 

The goal of the Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap 2.0 is to deliver a 25 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and air pollution in readiness for the 2028 Olympic Games.

 

Transportation partnership

 

The roadmap outlines exactly how this vision can become a reality for the LA region, embodying a strong commitment from public and private members of the Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP).

 

Together, the partners will work in the coming year to develop policies, put in place pilots, and seek other strategies to achieve the targets in the roadmap.


“We can’t turn the tide on the climate crisis until we work across sectors and city limits to put the brakes on dangerous pollution and kick our zero-emissions transportation future into high gear,” said Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles.

 

“Our Roadmap 2.0 charts a course toward a healthier region with a cleaner transit network and draws up a blueprint for cities worldwide to follow, so all of us can invest in the smart policies and green energy that will strengthen our families’ wellbeing and quality of life for generations to come.”

 

“We can’t turn the tide on the climate crisis until we work across sectors and city limits to put the brakes on dangerous pollution and kick our zero-emissions transportation future into high gear.”

 

According to LACI, its call to action will result in cleaner air for LA residents and dramatically reduce the region’s transportation sector greenhouse gas emissions, going 25 per cent beyond existing commitments tied to California state law and the Paris Climate Accord.


For the second edition of the Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap, the TEP partners have committed to working individually and collectively towards the 25 per cent goal through a three-pronged call to action to ensure:

  • electric vehicles account for 30 per cent of all light-duty passenger vehicles on the road and at least 80 per cent of all vehicles sold;
  • 20 per cent of all trips in single-occupancy vehicles shift to zero-emissions public transport, bikes or other active transportation options;
  • all public investments into surface vehicles and related infrastructure for goods movement will advance zero-emissions solutions.

“The bold targets we set together in the Zero Emissions Roadmap 2.0 are key to ensuring that we address the largest source of California’s GHGs and the region’s greatest source of air pollution: how we move ourselves and goods around the region,” added Matt Petersen, president and CEO, LACI.


“The Transportation Electrification Partnership brings together the sectors we need to go further, faster together. We invite everyone to join us in achieving our ambitious targets and call to action.”

 

Prioritising the disadvantaged

 

In all this work, the TEP partners report that they prioritise equity for disadvantaged communities that both lack access to first-mile and last-mile solutions and disproportionately suffer from health impacts, including asthma and heart attacks, which are associated with fossil-fuelled transportation.

 

In response, TEP and LACI have launched mobility pilot projects representing an investment of $500,000 to bring EV car-sharing and micromobility to four disadvantaged communities in the LA region that lack adequate mobility options: Pacoima; San Pedro; Long Beach and Huntington Park.

 

Los Angeles also recently announced the creation of Urban Movement Labs (UML) – which it says is a “first-of-its-kind” public-private partnership to accelerate transportation innovation across the city.

 

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