Motor vehicle emissions present both immediate and long lasting threats to public health. Smog and fine particle emissions generated by the combustion of petroleum fuels cause immediate and lifelong respiratory impacts while greenhouse gases emitted today will continue to threaten respiratory health for generations to come.
The American Lung Association in California has for decades led the way to improve air quality, successfully promoting policies to reduce passenger vehicle emissions.
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Clean Air Future: Health and Climate Benefits of Zero Emission Vehicles
Clean Air Future: Health and Climate Benefits of Zero Emission Vehicles is a report by the American Lung Association in California in coordination with the lung association offices in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Mountain Pacific, which shows the health, climate and economic benefits of zero emission vehicle (ZEV) programs in California and 9 other states. The report shows that by moving to a “ZEV Future,” programs in these 10 states can collectively save society $33.3 billion in health and climate costs in 2050 and reduce thousands of hospitalizations, illnesses and premature deaths. The report highlights the need for California and the other states to strengthen existing ZEV programs and get more zero emission vehicles on the road. The report analysis covers: California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The Road to Clean Air
The Road to Clean Air is a report by the American Lung Association in California showing that California could avoid $7.2 billion in health and societal costs and reduce all major air pollution-related health impacts by 70 percent if the state adopts a strong set of new passenger vehicle standards, which are being drafted now. According to the new study, strong clean car standards could significantly benefit human health by cutting smog-forming pollutants, particulates, greenhouse gas emissions, and by implementing a strong zero emission vehicle requirement.
- Road to Clean Air: Statistics
- Road to Clean Air: Fact Sheet
- TIAX Slides: Comparing The Benefits of Clean Cars Regulation
The Road to Clean Air II
This report builds on the American Lung Association in California's 2011 Road to Clean Air study that quantified the clean air and public health benefits of moving forward with strong next generation clean car standards in California. By focusing on California's Zero Emission Vehicle program, this new data demonstrates the benefits of enacting a strong advanced technology mandate to cut harmful pollutants in pursuit of California's air quality and climate goals.