Ventura’s Zero-emissions Bill Advances to the Governor

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SPRINGFIELD – A bill sponsored by state Sen. Rachel Ventura, D-Joliet, that moves the state toward lower emissions, improve air quality throughout Illinois and require newly purchased state-owned vehicles to be zero emission now heads to the Governor for his signature.

“We cannot afford to delay transitioning to zero-emission vehicles,” said Ventura. “With this legislation, Illinois will not only save money in the long run, but will also protect the environment.”

Highway vehicles release about 1.4 billion tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each year — mostly in the form of carbon dioxide — which contribute to the global climate crisis, Ventura said in a press release.

Roughly five to nine tons of greenhouse gases are burned each year for a typical vehicle according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Ventura’s measure aims to lower the state’s overall emissions by addressing the pollutants released into the air by vehicle emissions, which have a direct impact on the environment.

Under Senate Bill 1769, passenger vehicles purchased or leased by the state must either be a manufactured zero-emission vehicle or converted into a zero-emission vehicle with the exception of law enforcement vehicles and vehicles procured by IDOT as part of their consolidated vehicle procurement program by 2030.

Currently 13 other states have adopted similar zero-emission vehicle requirements, Minnesota being the only other Midwestern state to do so.

“This is just one step toward mitigating the impacts of the climate crisis. Illinois continues to lead other states, but there is more work to do,” said Ventura. “Going forward, the state needs to create a reliable electrical grid to support the increased demand of electrification, incentivize carbon-free energy production, and expand and restore natural carbon capture methods.”

Senate Bill 1769 passed the Senate on November 8th and heads to the governor for his signature.

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