On Tuesday, clean technology leaders in Los Angeles released an eight-year plan to reduce the carbon footprint of one of the most polluted cities in the world (not counting China). The Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap 2.0 outlines several initiatives that address greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable public transportation.
The roadmap goes above and beyond goals set by the state of California and the Paris Climate Accord. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is pushing hard to make the city a global clean energy leader. He hopes to set a positive example for others around the world.
What Does the Roadmap Entail?
The new roadmap puts forth several ambitious goals to help speed up the deployment of zero-emission vehicles in Los Angeles. The city aims to cut pollution by 25 percent. Developers of the plan also want 30 percent of all light-duty passenger vehicles and 80 percent of all new vehicle purchases to go electric.
On the public transportation front, clean energy leaders hope to transition 20 percent of all single-occupancy trips to zero-emission public transit. Meanwhile, all new investments made in freight movement and goods transportation must also advance zero-emissions solutions. Ultimately, the roadmap casts a vision for an emission-free I-710 corridor for all freight movement.
The Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap 2.0 is a product of the Transportation Electrification Partnership. The multi-year agreement was born out of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator in May 2018 to prepare the city for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic games. Stakeholders in the group include local, regional, and statewide leaders who want to accelerate electric vehicle adoption.
Mayor Garcetti Leading the Charge
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti is a well-known proponent of clean energy use. In 2014, he co-founded Climate Mayors, a network of over 400 leaders that encourages political action to address climate change. He was also re-elected in 2017 as Vice-Chair of C40, an international organization dedicated to sustainable energy efforts in 94 of the world’s most populated cities.
“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,” says Garcetti about the new roadmap.
More recently, Mayor Garcetti released a local Green New Deal, which states that Los Angeles is adding more than 130 electric vehicle charging stations to streetlight poles throughout the city. The solution addresses a problem for many electric vehicle owners who have no way to charge their car at home.
Los Angeles is a Leader in Electric Vehicle Adoption
Despite its struggles with smog and pollution, Los Angeles is one of the world’s leaders in electric vehicle innovation. Aside from Mayor Garcetti’s efforts, much of this characterization is owed to one tech entrepreneur in particular—Elon Musk.
Los Angeles is home to Tesla’s Design Studio, which recently announced the electric vehicle manufacturer’s new Cybertruck. Musk and his team seem to be recovering from a botched presentation. One team member broke the stage vehicle’s “unbreakable” glass on two separate attempts. Yet, the company has received over 250,000 pre-orders for the new Cybertruck so far.
Overall, nearly 600,000 electric cars have been sold in the state of California since 2011. There are around 40 models available in the market today.