Canada has an emphasis on minimizing their carbon footprint. Recently they committed to $20 million for the construction and distribution of small modular nuclear power plants. These single, small, modular power plants would be able to produce up to 300MWe (megawatt of electric capacity). For reference, that would be enough to power 150K to 200K homes. The benefit of these units would certainly be the transportation flexibility for more isolated communities with minimal waste.
On September 23rd California Governor, Gavin Newsom issued an executive order requiring the sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035. According to Yahoo, ”As an announcement from the California governor's office indicates, the transportation sector is responsible for more than half of all of California's carbon pollution, 80% of smog-forming pollution and 95% of toxic diesel emissions…After the order, the California Air Resource Board will develop regulations that will mandate 100% of sales of passenger cars and trucks are zero-emission by 2035.” However, there are several questions that arise from the mandate. Most importantly, what does zero-emission mean, is this requirement even possible, and does the public want to go in this direction?
Seattle is making an attempt to move aggressively towards cutting the city emissions. In September, Mayor Jenny Durkan signed a bill that would tax home heating oil an additional 24 cents per gallon. This tax would be on top of the existing 10% heating oil tax that currently exists for the residents of Seattle. This tax will take effect starting during the summer of 2020.
Recently, Zero-Emission trucks hit the road in California as part of Toyota and Kenworth’s Zero-and-Near-Zero Emission Freight Facilities Project. Toyota Logistics Services and UPS have 7 of the 10 trucks on the road. The project also includes two heavy-duty hydrogen fueling stations which were developed by Shell in California.