TRENTON, New Jersey – Today, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) adopted the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) rule, advancing a regulatory route to electrify everything from delivery vans to semi-trailers in the state. New Jersey is one of the many states to move forward with the adoption of California’s ACT rule this year. Oregon and Washington recently adopted the ACT rule; together, the states that have adopted or are considering the rule represent more than 20 percent of the national fleet of medium and heavy trucks.
The ACT rule requires manufacturers to sell and deliver zero-emission trucks with no pollution in New Jersey from 2025 and requires 40-75% of new sales of zero-emission trucks by 2035.
A diverse coalition of conservationists, business, public health and environmental justice have urged the Murphy administration to adopt the ACT rule. While the rule will help deliver zero-emission trucks to New Jersey and reduce dirty diesel emissions, environmental justice advocates believe it is not doing enough to ensure emission reductions in environmental justice communities. As New Jersey moves forward with other clean truck policies, such as the Heavy-Duty Omnibus Ruler, the state must ensure that there are regulations that target emission reductions in communities already overburdened by pollution.
Studies have shown that by enacting clean truck rules, New Jersey could save hundreds of lives, prevent thousands of additional respiratory illnesses, and reduce millions of metric tons of greenhouse gas and NOx emissions and particles.
QUOTES FROM PARTICIPANTS:
âWe are pleased that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Governor Murphy are moving forward with the ACT rule. This is a step towards moving New Jersey away from dirty diesel trucks and building healthier, safer communities statewide. reduce emissions from the transport sector, which contributes 41% of global greenhouse gas emissions in New Jersey â, said Anjuli Ramos-Busot, director of the New Jersey section of the Sierra Club. “In addition, this rule will also reduce air pollutants such as NOx and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions. This will go a long way in protecting the health and well-being of our communities.”
âGov. Murphy and the Department of Environmental Protection have demonstrated their bold commitment to climate leadership during this rule-making process. As a result, this rule will provide cleaner air, powerful opportunities to improve equity and spur economic growth in New Jersey â, noted Marie Barbier, Director, State Affairs at Environmental Defense Fund. âNow we need policymakers, utilities and the private sector to work together to build the charging infrastructure needed to power these zero emission trucks, which will ensure they are on our roads as soon as possible. “
âWith today’s decision, New Jersey is leading the way in a more sustainable transportation system. Although there is still a lot of work to be done to reduce emissions in frontline communities, adopting the ACT rule is a good first step â, said Jennifer Helfrich, senior director, state policy, Ceres. âLarge companies are supporting this rule to increase the availability of clean vehicles for their supply chains. Many are already taking steps to renew their fleets, but they need ruling states to adopt strong policies to bring this technology to the road at the scale and scope needed to tackle the climate crisis. We hope today’s decision will drive adoption in other states so that communities across the country can reap the key climate, public health, and business benefits of this technology.
âSometimes the hardest decision is to admit that a big mistake has been made and then move on to removing the repercussions of that wrongdoing. In the context of the environment, many have made mistakes when it comes to the health, equity and quality of life of our black, brown and poor communities â, noted Marcus Sibley, chair of environmental and climate justice at the New Jersey state conference NAACP. “There is no perfect or quick fix to the realities resulting from centuries of racist policies and practices, but we must take bold steps towards a better future for all. Passing the ACT rule is one of those steps, and we thank Governor Murphy and the NJDEP because clean air is truly a right.
“The Advanced Clean Truck Rule is a big step forward for our climate and the health of our communities, as it electrifies the dirtiest vehicles on New Jersey roads.” said Hayley Berliner, clean energy advocate with Environment New Jersey. âIf we are to meet our ambitious climate goals, we need to electrify everything on wheels in New Jersey and the Advanced Clean Truck Rule is a critical way to do that. We would like to thank Governor Murphy, the NJDEP and the entire administration for making New Jersey the East Coast leader in electrifying trucks. “
âAs more states act to adopt the ACT rule, it will create a tidal wave of demand for zero-emission technologies and innovation – bringing more options and lowering costs. We know that the shift to fully electric trucking and freight transportation will not happen overnight; but it is an essential element to protect public health, to face the climate crisis and to create green jobs for the family, whatever the zip code in which you live â, said Amy Goldsmith,
New Jersey State Director, Clean Water Action.
“By adopting the Advanced Clean Trucks rule, New Jersey has demonstrated its strong commitment to a clean energy future by significantly decarbonizing its transportation sector,” said Jaqi Cohen, director of climate policy and equity at Tri-State Transportation Campaign. âTransportation currently accounts for the largest percentage of New Jersey’s global greenhouse gas emissions, in large part due to its heavy reliance on diesel vehicles. By advancing ACT, New Jersey will dramatically reduce the transportation sector’s reliance on dirty fossil fuels and act as a leader on climate change and lead the way for the rest of the nation. Passing ACT is a victory for our communities, our public health and the future of our transportation sector, and we congratulate Governor Murphy and the NJDEP on their decision. ”
About the Sierra Club: The Sierra Club is the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States, with millions of members and supporters. In addition to protecting the right of every person to step outside and access the healing power of nature, the Sierra Club strives to promote clean energy, protect the health of our communities, protect wildlife and preserving our remaining wild spaces through local activism, public education, lobbying and lawsuits. For more information visit www.sierraclub.org.
Environmental Defense Fund (edf.org), a leading international nonprofit, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF combines science, economics, law and innovative partnerships with the private sector. With offices in the United States, China, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Indonesia, EDF’s 750 scientists, economists, lawyers – and our partners and allies – work in 26 countries to turn our solutions into action. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and our Energy program blog.
Ceres is a non-profit organization that works with the most influential capital market leaders to solve the world’s biggest sustainability challenges. Through our powerful networks and global collaborations of investors, businesses and nonprofits, we drive action and inspire fair market-based solutions and policies across the economy to build a fair and sustainable future. For more information visit ceres.org and follow @CeresNews.
About the NAACP: Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the oldest and largest non-partisan civil rights organization in the country. Its members across the United States and the world are the foremost advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the New Jersey State Conference NAACP, the many local units statewide, the advocacy efforts, and the annual convention on http://www.njscnaacp.org.
Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center is dedicated to the protection of air, water and open spaces. We work to protect the places we love, advance the environmental values ââwe share and achieve real results for our environment. For more information visit www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org.
About Clean Water Action: Since our founding during the campaign for the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has strived to achieve strong protections of health and the environment by providing expertise on issues, reflection solution-oriented and the power of the people at the table. www.cleanwater.org/nj.