One day, a building designer told Aladdine Joroff about a way to help buildings adapt to floods. It involved letting water flow through the ground floor of a building, like a parking garage.

Joroff: “And I asked, ‘Well, if it’s parking that has electric vehicle charging infrastructure, you know, what’s the impact?’ and he said it was something he hadn’t thought about.”

That concerned Joroff, an attorney at Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic.

Joroff: “It was just imagining infrastructure standing in a foot or 2 of salt water, particularly.”

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She realized that efforts to promote EV’s could end up at odds with other climate initiatives. For example, consider building owners who are trying to meet new building codes that require buildings to generate as much renewable energy as they use.

If they’re also required to add EV charging stations, achieving that goal can be harder.

Joroff: “Because if you’ve managed to reduce or clean your electric use and then you’re adding a car, you’re drawing down more electricity that you now have to offset.”

So policymakers could make exceptions.

Joroff: “Maybe we need to have a carve out from a net zero building requirement to make sure people are using an electric vehicle if we think that’s as important.”

So she says solutions are possible – if people working on diverse climate projects coordinate.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.