CLCA Works for Responsible Transition to Zero-Emission
How can green industry professionals balance their commitment to be stewards of the environment while maintaining financial viability?
Will using gas-powered leaf blowers be illegal in California in three years?
Can zero emission technology reliably power day-to-day professional use?
Will a growing market for zero-emission equipment drive technological innovation that will reduce costs and overcome performance shortfalls?
Will you spend more time charging batteries for zero-emission equipment than actually using them?
Can your company’s infrastructure and California’s power grid recharge all these batteries?
These are just some of the questions green industry professionals are asking following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s October 9 signing of legislation ordering state regulators to ban the sale of new gas-powered equipment using small off-road engines as early as 2024.
With advocacy and education, the California Landscape Contractors Association is taking action to help you answer these questions and successfully transition to a realistic zero-emission future.
Here’s the latest news.
Updated: 6 p.m., December 9, 2021
Air Resources Board Mandates 2024 Phase Out of Gas-Powered Landscape Equipment
The California Air Resources Board today voted to update California’s Small Off-Road Engine Regulations, effectively banning the sale of gas-powered equipment using small off-road engines (SORE), which includes all lawn and landscape equipment in 2024.
The board rejected calls from CLCA and industry for more time to address unresolved technological and financial hurdles. MORE>
Updated: 5 p.m., December 6, 2021
Delay Zero Emission Equipment Transition, CLCA Tells Air Resources Board
California’s landscape industry supports the transition to zero-emission equipment, but a 2024 deadline is too soon, given numerous unresolved technological and financial hurdles.
That’s the message the California Landscape Contractors Association and many others made in response to the California Air Resources Board’s proposal to ban the sale of gas-powered landscape equipment starting in 2024. The board will consider the proposal during an online meeting December 9. MORE>
Updated: 8 p.m., November 10, 2021
FAQ: Proposed Ban on Gas-Powered Small Off-Road Engines?
The California Air Resources Board is considering a rule to promote the use of zero-emission equipment. Highlights:
- No gas-powered landscape equipment to be sold in California starting model year 2024
- Generators to be electric only by 2028
- Rule also applies to pumps, pressure washers, golf carts and other equipment under 25hp
Here’s answers to frequently asked questions. VIEW
Updated: 7 p.m., October 20, 2021
Webinar: What Happened, What’s Next? Your Engagement is Critical
The California Landscape Contractors Association joined forces with the National Association of Landscape Professionals to present a webinar outlining recent zero-emission actions, what is expected to happen and how green industry professionals can balance their commitment to be stewards of the environment while maintaining financial viability. VIEW
Updated: 8 p.m., October 12, 2021
Public Hearing Set for December 9
The California Air Resources Board announced that it will hold a public hearing on December 9, 2021 to consider approving for adoption the proposed amendments to the Small Off-Road Engine Regulations: Transition to Zero Emissions. CARB is accepting public comments via their on-line comment portal. Comments must be received no later than November 29, 2021. MORE
Updated: 5 p.m., October 9, 2021
Sale of Gas-Powered Landscape Equipment to be Banned?
Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a new law that orders state regulators to ban the sale of new gas-powered equipment using small off-road engines (SORE), which includes all lawn and landscape equipment, as early as 2024.
Assembly Bill 1346 calls for commercial rebates and mandates that regulations will apply to engines produced on or after January 1, 2024, or as soon as the California Air Resources Board determines is feasible, whichever is later. MORE