What Does CARB Compliant Mean?

When looking for a home power generator you will often come across products claiming to be CARB compliant (such as the Yamaha EF2000iS).

CARB is an acronym for California Air Resource Board. The California Air Resource Board is the “clean air agency” which is responsible for managing air sanitation and motor vehicle pollution. California is currently the only state that is allowed to have such a regulatory agency but other states can still follow the CARB standards.

The stated goals of CARB include:

  • attaining and maintaining healthy air quality
  • protecting the public from exposure to toxic air contaminants
  • providing innovative approaches for complying with air pollution rules and regulations

When a home power generator claims to be CARB-compliant it means that it complies with the air pollution standards set by the California Air Resource Board. Such generators will run cleaner than non-CARB compliant generators. However, they still do emit pollutants.

If you are interested in learning more about the California Air Resource Board you can visit their website:

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admin on September 8th 2010 in Uncategorized

One Response to “What Does CARB Compliant Mean?”

  1. Nate Summers responded on 27 May 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    Buying a generator can be very intimidating. Thanks for the easy-reading explanation of CARB Compliant.

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