DEC has prepared a Beneficiary Mitigation Plan, which includes actions to offset the excess emissions resulting from Volkswagen's violation of nitrogen oxides (NOx) emission standards and to stimulate the transformation to a lower-carbon transportation system. DEC worked with other state agencies to design the Plan, which will yield substantial NOx emission reductions, resulting in healthier ozone levels, particularly in the New York City metropolitan area. The Plan will provide substantial public health benefits by reducing emissions from hundreds of trucks, buses and other equipment that operate in proximity to low- and moderate income communities that bear much of the burden of air pollution.
In addition, the Plan will support the increased electrification of the State's transportation system, reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to climate change that threatens New York's people and environment. New York State has established nation-leading GHG emission reduction goals of 40% from 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% by 2050. Meeting these aggressive goals requires a sustained transformation of New York's economy from fossil fuels to an economy powered by carbon emission-free renewable energy sources. New York has begun the transformation of our existing transportation system by supporting electric transportation infrastructure with the Charge NY program, as well as supporting consumer adoption of all-electric vehicles with the Drive Clean Rebate and municipal rebate programs.
Projects will be located across the state while prioritizing areas of air quality concern and Environmental Justice (EJ) communities.
How to View the Full Plan
You can download the NYS Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (PDF) (revised December 15, 2022), Addendum (PDF), and a Message from the Commissioner regarding the settlement (PDF).
- Reduce diesel exhaust emissions by replacing or repowering older, dirtier diesel vehicles and engines with new all-electric, alternative fueled, or diesel vehicles and engines.
- Consider statewide air quality improvement goals. Prioritize those areas most impacted by diesel emissions, including EJ communities.
- Accelerate the transition to a zero emission transportation system by promoting greater use of all-electric vehicles and prioritizing diesel-to-electric replacement projects.
- Achieve desired environmental benefits as cost-effectively as possible by leveraging private and other financing.