New Mexico Adopts California Emissions Standards for Cars and Light Trucks

November 29, 2007

New Mexico has become the first intermountain state to adopt the California Clean Car Standard. The state's Environmental Improvement Board voted on November 28 to approve the regulations, called the Clean Car Program, which reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars.

The program requires car manufacturers to sell and lease vehicles in New Mexico that meet the new standards, which apply to model year 2011 and beyond. The new regulations require reductions in tailpipe emissions, overall reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and the sale of some zero emission vehicles in the state. Non-methane organic gases, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane, oxides of nitrogen, air conditioning refrigerants, and particulate matter will all be regulated under the program.

The program was recommended by New Mexico's Climate Change Advisory Group, made up of representatives from various industries, utilities, environmentalists, laboratories, universities and local governments.

Transportation accounts for about 17 percent of the state's greenhouse gas emissions and is the fastest growing source of such emissions.

In adopting the program, New Mexico joins 11 other states representing more than 35 percent of the United States population, which includes approximately 104 million people and 78 million potential car buyers. Regionally, Arizona and Utah have committed to adopt the standards and Colorado is considering it.

"I believe other intermountain states will take new Mexico's lead and implement the program as well," New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said. "Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cars and demanding vehicles with a cleaner carbon footprint will help states reverse the effects of global warming — one of the most important issues of our time."

For more information, see the governor's November 28 press release. (PDF 48 KB). Download Adobe Reader.

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