Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions  -  August 1, 2019

San Francisco maps 100% emissions-free transportation

Mayor London N. Breed, along with Supervisor Aaron Peskin, introduced legislation to expand the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in San Francisco parking facilities and unveiled a roadmap to achieve 100% emission-free transportation by 2040. The newly announced initiatives are designed to reduce transportation sector GHG emissions, which account for 46% of the City’s overall emissions. Seventy-one percent of the City’s transportation emissions come from private cars and trucks.

“In order to meet our climate goals and improve the air we breathe, we need to electrify public and private transportation,” said Mayor London Breed in a statement. “We know that one of the biggest barriers for people considering driving an electric vehicle is access to charging, so we want to make sure our City has the charging infrastructure that’s needed. Whether you’re parked at the grocery store to run errands or getting ready to leave the City for a road trip, you should be able to find a spot to charge—and get to your destination without having to use fossil fuels.”

The proposed legislation is the first in the nation to require commercial parking lots and garages with more than 100 parking spaces to install EV charging stations in at least 10% of the parking spaces. Parking facility owners would be required to install the EV charging stations by January 1, 2023, and will be encouraged to work with EV charging providers to do so. The ordinance will apply to approximately 300 commercial parking facilities throughout the City.

The EV Roadmap, which sets a goal of 100% emission-free ground transportation by 2040, lays out a plan for the City to reduce the financial and information barriers that are preventing people from adopting EV technologies. The Roadmap offers solutions and actions the City can take to electrify private sector transportation, decrease total vehicle miles traveled, reduce gasoline and diesel-powered cars on the road, and increase adoption of zero-emission vehicles.

According to the statement, San Francisco has successfully reduced its GHG emissions 36% below 1990 levels and has a goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. CleanPowerSF, which is operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, has enrolled 360,000 customers and provides electricity for 80% of the City. Additionally, Mayor Breed has introduced legislation to transition large private commercial buildings to 100% renewable electricity.

 

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