Lawn mowers across New York could soon be as green as your lawn.
State Sen. Peter Harckham this week introduced a bill that would require lawn care and landscaping equipment like lawn mowers, trimmers and leaf blowers sold in New York to be zero emissions by 2027.
The proposal is part of a broader effort to reduce fossil fuel usage in the state over the coming decades and move toward renewable energy benchmarks.
“As New York continues to advance the goals set in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, we need to do more to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels,” Harckham said. “Gas-powered landscaping devices create an inordinate amount of air pollutants, and so it is imperative that we transition to zero emission equipment.”
The bill would include any device that is powered mechnically and intended for lawn care or landscaping projects, including mulchers and chippers.
“The environmental benefits of zero emission lawn devices are many, and as more communities in New York look to ban or partially ban gas-powered devices, the switch to electric equipment, which is certainly quieter to operate, will take place quickly statewide,” Harckham said.
In recent years, new battery technology has enable the manufacturing of lawn mowers and leaf blowers and other equipment to run without gasoline. A five-year timeline for implementing the change over is meant to address concerns raised by professional landscapers over the legislation.
The bill comes after California moved to adopt a similar ban by 2024.