Policy Solution

Vehicle electrification

Lead by Example

Overview:

Summary: Electrifying and reducing the fuel load of government vehicle fleets reduces excess urban heat emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles and promote electrification.

Implementation: Enact a requirement for municipalities to transition to zero or low emissions vehicles, reduce overall fuel demand, and optimize government routes.

Considerations for Use: Fleet electrification should prioritize replacing vehicles that are being decommissed from use; which wil effect the timeline to a fully electric fleet.

  • Policy Levers: The mechanism municipalities can use to actualize the intervention. These policy levers will likely be used in combination with each other.

    Lead by ExampleGovernments have ownership and jurisdiction over a range of assets (e.g. buildings and streets) and also serve as a direct employer, and contractor. This allows them to promote heat risk reduction and preparedness solutions and demonstrate their impact through leading by example with proactive interventions to make their assets, employment opportunities, and contracts heat-resilient.
  • Trigger Points: Opportunities for municipalities to implement risk reduction and preparedness interventions based on the policy lever, building on the United Nations Environment Programme triggers used in the Beating the Heat handbook (2021).

    No-regrets actions (low cost/low effort but substantial benefit)Interventions that are relatively low-cost and low effort (in terms of requisite dependencies) but have substantial environmental and/or social benefits.
  • Intervention Type:
    Planning/Policy
  • Sectors:
    Transportation,

    Impact:

  • Target Beneficiaries:
    Residents
  • Phase of Impact:
    Risk reduction and mitigation
  • Metrics:
    Number of electric vehicles

Implementation:

  • Intervention Scale:
    City
  • Authority and Governance:
    City government
  • Implementation Timeline:
    Medium-term (3-9 Years)
  • Implementation Stakeholders:
    Array
  • Funding Sources:
    Public investment
  • Capacity to Act:
    High

    Benefits:

  • Cost-Benefit:
    Medium
  • Public Good:
    Low
  • GHG Reduction:
    Medium
  • Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):
    Reduce air and water pollution; Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Co-benefits (Social):
    Improve human health