Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano has signed an Executive Order (2006-13) that sets a goal for the state to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to 2000 levels by 2020 and 50% below 2000 levels by 2040. The state thus joins the ranks of a growing number that are tackling greenhouse gas emissions on their own without waiting for the Federal government.
Arizona’s greenhouse gas emissions increased by an estimated 56% between 1990 and 2005, and are currently projected to increase by an estimated 148% over 1990 levels by 2020.
The order focuses a great deal on transportation.
The order directs the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), in coordination with the Arizona Department of transportation (ADOT) to adopt and implement California’s Clean Car Program to require roughly a 30% cut in GHG emissions from new cars by 2016.
State agencies are also to develop standards for neat biodiesel, biodiesel blends and ethanol blends sold in Arizona, and to implement a pilot program to allow designated hybrids into HOV lanes.
The order also directs all state agencies, board and commissions to purchase only vehicles that are:
...hybrids, meet low-GHG emissions standards, or use E-85 fuel, biofuels or other low-GHG alternative fuels, with the goal that by january 1, 2010, all State vehicles shall be hybrids, meet low-GHG standards, or use E-85 fuel, biofuels or other low-GHG alternative fuels.
Certain state law enforcement vehicles are exempt from those requirements.