Key points:

  • EPA’s new standards for heavy-duty vehicles from 2027-2032 aim to cut emissions by 1 billion tons, yielding $13 billion in benefits.
  • The standards reduce truck and bus emissions, favoring flexibility for manufacturers while prioritizing emissions cuts and benefiting communities near freight routes.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced final national greenhouse gas pollution standards for heavy-duty vehicles, covering model years 2027 through 2032. These standards, termed “Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles – Phase 3,” are projected to avoid 1 billion tons of emissions. They are also expected to yield $13 billion in annualized net benefits.

The EPA’s initiative aims to reduce emissions from trucks and buses, particularly benefiting communities living near freight routes. EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan highlighted the standards’ role in curbing pollution from some of the busiest vehicles on the road.

These standards maintain flexibility for manufacturers while prioritizing emissions reductions. They build on previous frameworks and offer additional time for technology development and deployment.

The EPA’s Clean Trucks Plan, of which these standards are a part, targets emissions reductions from heavy-duty vehicles comprehensively. Stakeholders, such as the American Lung Association and Sierra Club, have welcomed the EPA’s efforts. They appreciate the focus on tackling air pollution and advancing environmental justice.

Looking ahead, the EPA will collaborate with stakeholders to monitor implementation and advancements in vehicle technologies. The announcement serves as a testament to the dedication of the Biden-Harris Administration. It highlights their commitment to investing in America’s clean transportation future, prioritizing both emissions reductions and environmental equity.