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newsrel -- New year brings requirement for labeling new cars

Posted: 30 Dec 2008 14:12:21
Label makes it easy to compare differing cars' environmental

Release 08-107
December 30, 2008
Dimitri Stanich

New year brings requirement for labeling new cars

Label will show smog and global warming scores

SACRAMENTO: Beginning Jan. 1, every 2009 model year and newer
car sold in California will be required to carry a label that
clearly ranks the vehicle's environmental impact.

The label will show the simple ranking system that provides
consumers practical information that can help them choose the
most environmentally friendly vehicle that still meets their
transportation needs.

"This label will arm consumers with the information they need to
choose a vehicle that saves gas, reduces greenhouse gas emissions
and helps fight smog all at once," said ARB Chairman Mary
Nichols. "Consumer choice is an especially powerful tool in our
fight against climate change."

The environmental performance label will have two scores on a
scale of 1-10, a Smog Score and a Global Warming Score. The
average new car will score five on both scales. The higher the
score the more environmentally friendly the car is . The
California Air Resources Board also hosts a consumer web site,
www.DriveClean.ca.gov, that provides information on the cleanest,
most efficient cars on the market.

For an example of the label go to the press release online here:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr123008b.htm .

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and
protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through
effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and
considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air
pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain
health based air quality standards.


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