Gasoline-powered vehicles lose a majority of their energy as waste heat. Regulating the idling of vehicles can reduce local air temperature, decrease GHG emissions, protect human health.
Enact legislation that limits the amount of time vehicles are allowed to idle.
Considerations for Use
Consider special requirements for school environments where children are especially vulnerable to air toxins.
Climate:Cold, Hot/Dry, Hot/Humid, Temperate
Policy Levers:MandateMandates are government regulations that require stakeholders to meet standards through building codes, ordinances, zoning policies, or other regulatory tools.
Trigger Points:City planning processesIncludes city initiatives such as the development of climate action plan, pathway to zero-energy, master plan, transit plan, energy mapping etc.No-regrets actions (low cost/low effort but substantial benefit)Interventions that are relatively low-cost and low effort (in terms of requisite dependencies) but have substantial environmental and/or social benefits.
Target Beneficiaries:Heat-vulnerable communities, Residents
Phase of Impact:Risk reduction and mitigation
Metrics:Changes in traffic or congestion
Intervention Scale:City, Site
Authority and Governance:City government, State/provincial government
Implementation Timeline:Short-term (1-2 Years)
Implementation Stakeholders:City government, State/provincial government
Funding Sources:Public investment
Capacity to Act:High, Medium
Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):Reduce air and water pollution, Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Co-benefits (Social/Economic):Improve human health