RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper’s Jan. 7 executive order affirming a “commitment to a clean energy economy” would direct the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and create what he calls “green energy economic opportunities.”
“Transforming North Carolina toward a clean energy and more equitable economy will provide good jobs and a healthy environment for generations of families across our state. To achieve our goals we must be clear, intentional and determined,” Cooper said in a statement.
The order calls, but does not give specifics for, an increase in zero-emission vehicles and for 50% of new vehicle sales to be zero-emission by 2030. It also directs the N.C. Department of Transportation to develop a “Clean Transportation Plan” with reductions in vehicle miles traveled; increases in zero-emission cars, trucks, and buses; and other unnamed strategies.