Global Automakers provided remarks to the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission's (AQCC) procedural hearing on the potential adoption of California light-duty vehicle regulations. Early this year, Governor Hickenlooper directed the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to adopt California's LEV and GHG regulations in an Executive Order, which was the reason for the AQCC's hearing on this topic.  

Julia Rege, Director of Environment & Energy provided the following remarks at the August 16th meeting, suppporting the LEV and GHG regulations as in scope of the Governor's request and opposing adoption of the ZEV mandate.

Good afternoon, Mr. Chairman and members of the Commission. Thank you for the opportunity to provide these remarks.

I’m Julia Rege, Director for Environment & Energy at the Association of Global Automakers. We represent the US operations of international automobile manufacturers and automotive suppliers.

I’d like to start by recognizing staff’s efforts to undertake development of this rule and bring it to the Commission for consideration, especially in such an expedited timeframe. This has been no small task.

In specific to today's process to consider potential adoption of California LEV and GHG regulations, per the Governor’s Executive Order, I have the following points to share.

First, the regulations as submitted to the Commission are appropriate scope and consistent with the Governor's Executive Order (EO). We do not believe that the ZEV mandate is within in the scope of the intent of the EO and should not be added to this proceeding. 

Plus, implementation of these rules is an administrative task, that will require significant ongoing administrative efforts going forward. It is also still not clear that the EO on its own is sufficient to authorize this action.

Finally, mandates do not build markets, and if Colorado truly wants to promote electric vehicle sales, significant state investment is needed to build infrastructure and create the right market-based policies to encourage consumer adoption. These efforts are all critical and separate from a mandate.

And if I may take one more moment to share our position on the national greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules, I believe this is important for everyone here to hear. Global Automakers and our member companies want a unified national program, that includes California, and that provide year over year improvements in fuel efficiency. This will provide benefits to all customers, plus the environment, on a larger scale and ensure vehicle options that meet all customers’ needs. We are working diligently with the federal government and California to find a solution that continues progress and provides necessary programmatic flexibilities that encourage innovation and real and additional GHG emission benefits.

Global Automakers will continue to work with the Commission and the agency on next steps related to these regulations. Thank you for your consideration, and I am happy to answer any questions.