DEQ to attend Oregon’s Energy Future Virtual Conference, September 1, 2020

Rachel Sakata, DEQ senior air quality planner

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is proud to announce that Rachel Sakata, DEQ senior air quality planner, will be leading a roundtable discussion on Oregon’s involvement with Medium- and Heavy Duty Zero Emission Vehicles MOU at the Oregon Energy Future Conference presented by the Northwest Environmental Business Council.

Rachel focuses on electric vehicle and transportation policy and is the program lead for Oregon’s electric vehicle rebate program.  In her 19-year career with DEQ, she has worked on a variety of air quality issues, from developing criteria air pollutant maintenance and attainment plans, leading DEQ’s efforts on woodsmoke reduction to working on low emission vehicle policy. Prior to her job at DEQ, Rachel worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C. and was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines.

Summary: Learn more about how Oregon plans to accelerate the electricification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The goal is to ensure 100 percent of all new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales be zero emission vehicles by 2050 with an interim target of 30 percent zero-emission vehicle sales by 2030.

Oregon, along with 14 other states, signed on to the memorandum of understanding that outlines the effort to work with industry and community stakeholders to achieve the goal. The states will develop an action plan to identify barriers and propose solutions in support of this effort, which could include incentives, fleet deployment, regulatory efforts and infrastructure deployment strategies.

–Jennifer K. Flynt, public affairs specialist

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Published by Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

DEQ’s mission is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land and water.

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