"Global Warming Index" Stickers To Appear on 2010 Model Vehicles in New York

August 06, 2007

New York has passed a law aimed at increasing consumer awareness about greenhouse gas emissions from new cars and passenger trucks. Beginning with the 2010 model year, the law requires automobile manufacturers to affix a "global warming index" sticker to the vehicles. The sticker will show carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, allowing buyers to consider the impact the vehicle will have on air quality and climate change.

Governor Eliot Spitzer announced that he had signed the legislation August 3. He said, "Global warming is one of the most serious environmental problems of our generation. Every level of government, every business, and every consumer can play a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This new legislation will help make the public aware of vehicle emission levels so that they can make informed choices that will help reduce greenhouse gas pollution."

The requirement applies to passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks with a gross weight of 8,500 pounds or less. Each sticker will include an index that:

  • Compares the emissions of global warming gases from the vehicle with the average projected emissions from all vehicles of the same model year.
  • Identifies the vehicle model in the same class that has the lowest emissions of that model year.

The index would be based on emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride.

California adopted similar regulations earlier this year, which will become effective for the 2009 model year. New York will likely model its labeling standards on those set by California. By having parallel standards, automobile manufacturers would not be required to develop different stickers for different states, and consumer groups would be able to provide uniform information to car buyers.

For more information, see the governor's August 3 press release.

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