CLCA Works for Responsible Transition to Zero-Emission

How can green industry professionals balance their commitment to be stewards of the environment while maintaining financial viability?

Will using gas-powered leaf blowers be illegal in California in three years?

Can zero emission technology reliably power day-to-day professional use?

Will a growing market for zero-emission equipment drive technological innovation that will reduce costs and overcome performance shortfalls?

Will you spend more time charging batteries for zero-emission equipment than actually using them?

Can your company’s infrastructure and California’s power grid recharge all these batteries?

These are just some of the questions green industry professionals are asking following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s October 9 signing of legislation ordering state regulators to ban the sale of new gas-powered equipment using small off-road engines as early as 2024.

With advocacy and education, the California Landscape Contractors Association is taking action to help you answer these questions and successfully transition to a realistic zero-emission future.

Here’s the latest news.

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Updated: 8 p.m., November 10, 2021

FAQ: Proposed Ban on Gas-Powered Small Off-Road Engines?

The California Air Resources Board is considering a rule to promote the use of zero-emission equipment. Highlights:

  • No gas-powered landscape equipment to be sold in California starting model year 2024
  • Generators to be electric only by 2028
  • Rule also applies to pumps, pressure washers, golf carts and other equipment under 25hp

Here’s answers to frequently asked questions. VIEW

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Updated: 7 p.m., October 20, 2021

Webinar: What Happened, What’s Next? Your Engagement is Critical

The California Landscape Contractors Association joined forces with the National Association of Landscape Professionals to present a webinar outlining recent zero-emission actions, what is expected to happen and how green industry professionals can balance their commitment to be stewards of the environment while maintaining financial viability. VIEW

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Updated: 8 p.m., October 12, 2021

Public Hearing Set for December 9

The California Air Resources Board announced that it will hold a public hearing on December 9, 2021 to consider approving for adoption the proposed amendments to the Small Off-Road Engine Regulations: Transition to Zero Emissions. CARB is accepting public comments via their on-line comment portal. Comments must be received no later than November 29, 2021. MORE


Updated: 5 p.m., October 9, 2021

Sale of Gas-Powered Landscape Equipment to be Banned?

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a new law that orders state regulators to ban the sale of new gas-powered equipment using small off-road engines (SORE), which includes all lawn and landscape equipment, as early as 2024.

Assembly Bill 1346 calls for commercial rebates and mandates that regulations will apply to engines produced on or after January 1, 2024, or as soon as the California Air Resources Board determines is feasible, whichever is later. MORE

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