DENVER — Tuesday, June 19, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order that commits Colorado to adopting low emission vehicle (LEV) standards.

Colorado has unmatched natural beauty, but our topography makes us especially vulnerable to greater impacts of pollution. The LEV action helps the state meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025. We can achieve this goal by harnessing technological advancements in the clean energy field and implementing cost-effective strategies that reduce our emissions while protecting our vibrant economy.

“Colorado has a choice. This executive order calls for the state to adopt air quality standards that will protect our quality of life in Colorado,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Low emissions vehicles are increasingly popular with consumers and are better for our air. Every move we make to safeguard our environment is a move in the right direction.”

The executive order instructs the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to

  • develop a rule to establish a Colorado LEV program, which incorporates the requirements of the California LEV program; and
  • propose that rule to the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission during its August 2018 meeting for possible adoption into the Colorado Code of Regulations by December 30, 2018.

View the executive order here.

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