by The National Association of Landscape Professionals
On Thursday, Dec. 9, the California Air Resource Board (CARB) approved the proposed amendments to the Small Off-Road Engine Regulations: Transition to Zero Emissions, which would ban the sale of virtually all carbon-emitting landscape equipment beginning with model-year 2024.
The meeting went on for nearly 6 hours. NALP along with 60 other associations, including the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and the California Landscape Contractors Association, represented the industry’s concerns and testified against the proposal.
Over 600 comments were included in the written docket as well.
While the landscape industry supports reducing carbon emissions as quickly as possible, NALP has advocated for CARB to delay the transition for commercial users to allow time to get the electrical infrastructure in place, allow the equipment to advance, and provide a longer transition time for businesses to adapt. Read their public statement.
Landscape professionals are committed stewards of the environment and work every day to care for green spaces that sequester carbon and produce oxygen among many other benefits.