EPA’s SmartWay Surprises California Car Buyers

The EPA, beleaguered by challenges from politicians and environmentalists alike, is about to unveil a program California seems to have jumped the gun on.

The EPA’s SmartWay Leaf Campaign is a certification program that will create mandatory placing of stickers on all 2009 cars and trucks, certifying them for greater fuel efficiency and low greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the EPA, however, only about 20% of all cars and trucks would qualify to earn that certification. Overall, pretty grim statistics.

California, however, has taken a slightly different but likely more effective path. In 2005, Governor Schwarzenneger signed AB 1229 into law. The first of it’s kind, this new law – which takes effect January 2009 – requires that all 2009 model California cars be required to display a different kind of sticker. This one, unlike the one the EPA will mandate, will reveal how each new car’s greenhouse gas emissions compare with other vehicles of that year.

Though not mandatory until January 2009, as automakers begin displaying new models early, consumers are about to begin seeing these enlightening decals in dealers showrooms.

Thirty percent of all global warming emissions in California come from vehicles. Politicians, scientists and environmental groups hope these new stickers will have new car buyers make more eco-friendly choices.

But will they? For some consumers, the chance to take green buying to a new level may be more than they want to think about. For some, to recycle is a big step. Other, though, may see this as another opportunity to make a difference for the environment.

We’ll keep watching to see how the trends go.

EPA's SmartWay Surprises California Car Buyers

The EPA, beleaguered by challenges from politicians and environmentalists alike, is about to unveil a program California seems to have jumped the gun on.

The EPA’s SmartWay Leaf Campaign is a certification program that will create mandatory placing of stickers on all 2009 cars and trucks, certifying them for greater fuel efficiency and low greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the EPA, however, only about 20% of all cars and trucks would qualify to earn that certification. Overall, pretty grim statistics.

California, however, has taken a slightly different but likely more effective path. In 2005, Governor Schwarzenneger signed AB 1229 into law. The first of it’s kind, this new law – which takes effect January 2009 – requires that all 2009 model California cars be required to display a different kind of sticker. This one, unlike the one the EPA will mandate, will reveal how each new car’s greenhouse gas emissions compare with other vehicles of that year.

Though not mandatory until January 2009, as automakers begin displaying new models early, consumers are about to begin seeing these enlightening decals in dealers showrooms.

Thirty percent of all global warming emissions in California come from vehicles. Politicians, scientists and environmental groups hope these new stickers will have new car buyers make more eco-friendly choices.

But will they? For some consumers, the chance to take green buying to a new level may be more than they want to think about. For some, to recycle is a big step. Other, though, may see this as another opportunity to make a difference for the environment.

We’ll keep watching to see how the trends go.