North Carolina DOT Unveils Clean Transportation Plan

The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently issued a draft of its N.C. Clean Transportation Plan, which outlines strategies to decarbonize the state’s transportation sector.

[Above photo by NCDOT]

The North Carolina DOT said it worked with more than 220 stakeholders for more than a year to develop this draft plan – mandated by Governor Roy Cooper (D) via Executive Order 246 issued January 2022 – which explores strategies to advance clean transportation investments and workforce development statewide.

Gov. Cooper. Photo by the North Carolina Governor’s Office.

The agency added that it hosted six open house meetings to both educate residents about the plan and to give them a forum to provide feedback. The public can also continue to submit feedback about the plan via North Carolina DOT’s website through March 15.

Gov. Cooper’s executive order updates North Carolina’s economy-wide carbon reduction emissions goals to “align with climate science, reduce pollution, create good jobs and protect communities,” while increasing the statewide greenhouse gas or GHG reduction goal to 50 percent when compared to the state’s 2005 levels.

The order calls for an increase in registered zero-emission vehicles to roughly 1.25 million units by 2030 and for 50 percent of sales of new vehicles in North Carolina to be zero-emission by that same year – goals reflected in North Carolina DOT’s clean transportation plan.

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