Sourcing Renewables - October 25, 2021
Baltimore County Executive Passes Government EV Requirement
The government of Baltimore County will soon be required to convert the passenger vehicles in its fleet to hybrid or electric models under a new order.
County Executive Johnny Olszewski signed Oct. 21 an executive order requiring at least 10% of vehicles in the county’s passenger fleet to be electric vehicles by 2030 and calling for the installation of necessary charging infrastructures. All remaining passenger vehicles will need to be replaced with fuel-efficient hybrid models.
The order follows the county’s completion of a Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Climate Action Plan, which found that the county government’s vehicle and equipment fleet represents 20% of enterprise-wide emissions. The initiative will act as part of the county’s overall efforts to combat emissions, which focuses on buildings and energy, transportation and waste.
Olszewski also established a goal earlier this year for Baltimore County to cover 100% of its electricity demand with renewable sources by 2026 and in 2020 launched a landfill gas-to-energy system that could offset at least 11% of the county’s energy consumption.
“We recognize our obligation to a cleaner, greener and more sustainable Baltimore County for this and future generations, which is why I’m committed to ensuring Baltimore County remains a statewide sustainability leader,” Olszewski said in a statement. “In setting this new goal, Baltimore County will lead by example and increase the number electric vehicles on our roads and support long-term efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and combat climate change.”