Alternative Vehicle Acquisition: Greenhouse Gas Requirement

Alternative Vehicle Acquisition: Greenhouse Gas Requirement under 42 U.S.C. § 13212(f)(2) says that Federal agency should not acquire a light-duty vehicle or a medium-duty passenger vehicle that is not a low greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting vehicle.

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(A) In general—

Except as provided in subparagraph (B), no Federal agency shall acquire a light-duty motor vehicle or medium-duty passenger vehicle that is not a low GHG-emitting vehicle.

(B) Exception—

The prohibition in subparagraph (A) shall not apply to acquisition of a vehicle if the head of the agency certifies in writing, in a separate certification for each individual vehicle purchased, either—

(i) that no low GHG-emitting vehicle is available to meet the functional needs of the agency and details in writing the functional needs that could not be met with a low GHG-emitting vehicle; or

(ii) that the agency has taken specific alternative more cost-effective measures to reduce petroleum consumption that—

(I) have reduced a measured and verified quantity of GHG emissions equal to or greater than the quantity of GHG reductions that would have been achieved through acquisition of a low GHG-emitting vehicle over the lifetime of the vehicle; or

(II) will reduce each year a measured and verified quantity of GHG emissions equal to or greater than the quantity of GHG reductions that would have been achieved each year through acquisition of a low GHG-emitting vehicle.

(C) Special rule for vehicles provided by funds contained in Members' Representational Allowance This paragraph shall apply to the acquisition of a light duty motor vehicle or medium duty passenger vehicle using any portion of a Member's Representational Allowance, including an acquisition under a long-term lease.