Climate Change & Clean Energy: Plans & Progress

Latest Updates

  • April 22, 2020 is National Earth Day. Learn more about the origin of Earth Day here.
  • The NC Department of Administration’s (DOA) Motor Fleet Management has ensured telematics is on every state vehicle, allowing data informed decisions and mileage tracking to determine vehicles best suitable for Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) replacement. 
  • The DOA Motor Fleet Management ZEV plan identified 572 traditional vehicles for replacement with ZEVs, finding that doing so would save taxpayers an estimated $3.8 million and reduce emissions by over 22,000 metric tons over the lifetime of the vehicles.  
  • North Carolina’s State Fleet currently includes 32 ZEVs.  According to the National Conference of State Fleet Administrators of ZEV’s, NC’s ZEV fleet size is ranked in the top three in the country. 
About EO No. 80

About EO No. 80

In October 2018, Governor Roy Cooper released Executive Order No. 80 addressing North Carolina's commitment to climate change and transition to a clean energy economy. Per EO No. 80, the state of North Carolina will strive to accomplish the following by year 2025:

  • Reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 2005 levels
  • Increase the number of registered, zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) to at least 80,000
  • Reduce energy consumption per square foot in state-owned buildings by at least 40 percent from fiscal year 2002-2003 levels

These goals will be achieved through collaborative efforts among cabinet agencies on the  Climate Change Interagency Council, established by EO No. 80. The NC Department of Administration Secretary Machelle Sanders serves as a member on the Climate Change Interagency Council.

Furthermore, in a step to continue the momentum of moving North Carolina to a more sustainable state, Governor Cooper signed a proclamation declaring September 23 - 27, 2019 as Clean Energy Week, highlighting the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change, which is a key goal of the state’s Clean Energy Plan. Read full press release here

DOA Directives

DOA Directives

Directive 1: Develop a NC Motor Fleet Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Plan that:

  • Identifies feasible trips for a ZEV

  • Recommends infrastructure necessary to support ZEV use

  • Develops procurement options and strategies to increase the purchase and utilization of ZEVs

  • Account for each agency ZEVs and miles driven by vehicle type for the Council to submit to the Governor by October 1, 2019, and annually thereafter.  

Directive 2: Improve energy consumption by creating and implementing strategies to support the state building efficiency goal in EO No. 80, which includes the following:

  • Designate an energy point of contact. Due January 15, 2019.

  • Develop a utility management plan. Due March 1, 2019.

  • Report annually on utility consumption. Due September 1, 2019. 

NC Motor Fleet Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Plan

NC Motor Fleet Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Plan

Progress Update

  • Motor Fleet ZEV Plan (PDF)

  • ZEV Development Plan Timeline (PDF)

  • Current ZEV Usage

    • ZEVs in use by North Carolina state agencies

      • UNC System has 6 assigned vehicles 

      • NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has 4 assigned vehicles

      • Motor Fleet has placed orders for 10 ZEVs

      • State Parking Division offers ZEV charging stations within the State Government Capital Complex for state employees and the general public

      • Two models are on state term contract that can be ordered by any agency at any time

      • Charging stations are also on state term contract

Other Highlights

State Building Efficiency Plan

State Building Efficiency Plan

Progress Update

  • Strategic summary - Coming Soon

Other Highlights

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Additional Resources

Additional Resources