EV leaders New York State and Quebec share expertise

23 September 2011

NEW YORK: Practitioners from city, state and provincial governments in both New York State and Québec, both members of The Climate Group, as well as representatives from power utilities, discussed the push underway to support the development and more widespread use of electric vehicles, during a Climate Week NYC event held last night in New York.  

Several recent efforts – such as the Transportation & Climate Initiative, Québec’s Action Plan on Electric Vehicles and the City of New York’s PlaNYC - recognize the highly positive impact that the use of electric vehicles by fleet operators and individual consumers alike will have for energy efficiency and the reduction of GHG emissions in the Northeast.

The panelists’ presentations and their interaction with an audience of leaders from business, government and the non-profit sector focused on key issues of the development and implementation of EV policies.

Mark Simon, Director of Alternative Fuels at the Division of Planning and Sustainability, NYC DOT and Pierre Lavigueur, Manager of Planning and Development, Laval Transit discussed the challenges and long-term benefits of fleet conversion and of car-sharing projects that encourage the use of EVs as well as mass transit

Lois New, Acting Director of the Office of Climate Change, NYS DEC spoke about the Transportation & Climate Initiative, which brings together 12 state governments in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to reduce the environmental impacts of transportation, notably through the expansion of electric vehicle use. Marie-Hélène Savard, Director of Strategic Planning on energy efficiency issues, Québec Department of Natural Resources and Wildlife, presented Québec’s 2011-2020 EV Action Plan, which will put 300,000 electric vehicles on Québec’s roads by 2020, thus contributing substantially to its GHG reduction goals

John Shipman, Director of EV Programs with Consolidated Edison of New York, Inc. spoke about Con Ed’s outreach and services to the increasing number of EV owners in the New York City area. Pierre-Luc Desgagné, Senior Director of Strategic Planning, Hydro-Québec discussed pilot projects for the implementation of electric vehicles that Hydro-Québec continues to lead in partnership with car manufacturers such as GM, Ford, Mitsubishi and Nissan, as well as the first Public Charging Network for plug-in electric vehicles in Canada "The Electric Circuit" launched by Hydro-Québec and its partners.

Dr. Herbert Fox, professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the New York Institute of Technology moderated the panel. Amy Davidsen, Executive Director US, The Climate Group, and John Parisella, Quebec’s Delegate General in New York welcomed the attendees and introduced the panel.   

The United Nations Development Program estimates that 50 to 80 % of GHG emissions reductions will come from initiatives led at the regional and local levels. Today’s panel discussion proved that cities, states and provinces, in partnership with power utilities and the private sector, are not waiting for a breakthrough in multilateral climate negotiations to adopt innovative policies on electric vehicles.

This panel discussion was an affiliate event of Climate Week NYC, the annual global forum which aims to mobilize an international public-private response to climate change.

More from the Opening Ceremony: 

Clean Revolution launched at Climate Week NYC

Business heads say innovate, collaborate on climate adaptation

Blair, Bloomberg, UN, World Bank call for business and government leaders to join Clean Revolution 

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