Regulate non-road emission sources like diesel generators, lawn mowers and leaf blowers
Diesel particulate matter (PM) is one of the biggest air quality threats to human health in the city. Its health impacts include lung cancer, heart and respiratory disease, and even premature death.
Non-road emissions, which are a significant source of diesel PM, come from a broad range of sectors including industrial, construction, recreational, lawn and garden, agricultural and other sectors. Their emissions often occur close to ground level and close to where people live, work and play. While emission standards for new non-road engines are already in place, older equipment will continue to be used for decades.
The city should work with Metro Vancouver to implement its Non-Road Diesel Emission Reduction Initiative. It could use noise by-laws to limit or eliminate the use of equipment such as diesel generators, leaf blowers and lawn mowers. The city could also work with industry to provide electric alternatives to gas powered equipment.
City of Vancouver to assist Metro Vancouver in their Non-Road Diesel Engine Initiatives & consider application to City of Vancouver equipment. This idea is considered in the draft Greenest City Action Plan
Ban all gasoline two stroke scooters at the same time. Not only do they pollute multiple times more than conventional automobiles, they are noisy and irritating. Electric scooters are the way to go.
Vicki Morell commented
Please add wood smoke to that as well. The PM 2.5 from residential wood smoke is just as deadly
Janine Brossard commented
Great idea. The cost of leaf blowers (noise, pollution) don't seem to outweigh the benefits (blowing leaves into a pile). The people operating these have the benefit of wearing ear plugs but not the people walking by or trying to relax or sleep.
Colin Russell commented