Clean Car Standards Resource Center

Published Mar 24, 2011 Updated Jul 11, 2018

In August 2012, federal agencies in the United States finalized a new set of standards (known as the ”National Program”) to increase fuel efficiency and cut global warming pollution from the transportation sector.

Supported by automakers, unions, national security groups, and environmentalists, the standards set fuel economy and global warming emission targets, based on vehicle size, for new cars and trucks sold in the United States. The standards increase in stringency every year and come in two phases: 2012-2016 and 2017-2025.

Learn more about the history and many benefits of this program through the following fact sheets and resources.

Enacting strong standards is the single most important step toward implementing the UCS Half the Oil Savings Plan, which would cut the country’s projected oil use in half over the next 20 years. 

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