Today in the midst of the biggest Climate Week NYC event in the world, Governor Gavin Newsom of California announced that the state will phase out sales of internal combustion engines. By 2035, every new car and passenger truck sold in California will be a zero-emissions vehicle, in order to green and decarbonize the transport sector.  

Amy Davidsen, Executive Director, North America of international non-profit, the Climate Group, organizers of Climate Week NYC said: 

“California has always been a leader in climate policy and was one of the founding members of the Under2 Coalition of states and regions committed to climate action. As the climate crisis intensifies as seen by the recent devastating fires, it’s inspiring to see California set an ambitious target to transition to 100% zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) for new cars and passenger trucks, to create more economic opportunities and build a better future for all. 

“The transport sector is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in the US. While the transition to ZEVs is progressing, stronger government action is crucial to ensure the transition happens fast enough. 

 “Our latest research shows that triple the number of Californians trust their state government to tackle the climate crisis compared to the national government. Without the support of US federal leadership, it’s more important than ever that state governments step up to lead and take ambitious action. 

 “As we approach the end of the first year of the Climate Decade, where we must cut emissions in half by 2030 to limit average global temperature rise to below 1.5°C (2.7°F), we applaud California’s unwavering leadership and determination during a critical period for our planet."