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Sustainable freight report released

By Mike Rogge

Capitol Update, April 10, 2015

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is planning to implement its “Sustainable Freight Initiative” to achieve lower ozone levels and at the same time reduce greenhouse gases.

On Friday, April 3rd, ARB released its long-delayed report: Pathways to Zero and Near-Zero Emissions. The 85-page comprehensive draft document explores not only explores options for the Board in achieving its goals, but in Appendices C and D also proposes definitive “Immediate” and “Near Term” ARB actions. This report plots another step toward a mandated fossil-free fuel system for freight transportation in California without a true analysis of the cost, study of technological feasibility, or the potential negative effect on California’s economy including competitiveness with other states and countries.

Contained in the report under the “Vision” section is the proposal that ARB or local air districts may incorporate a ratcheted-down facility emissions cap to drive technology that does not exist. According to the report, a facility is defined as a freight distribution center, railyard, port or airport. Unfortunately, there is no mention of the need for an off-ramp if expected technology is never developed or proven economically practical. In that instance, the only action a facility could take is to reduce throughput which would prove disastrous for the state’s manufacturers.

ARB staff will present this draft document to Board Members on April 23rd. We request that CMTA members read the document and provide us CMTA lobbyist Mike Rogge (mrogge@cmta.net) with comments on the potential impact. He’s also available to discuss this with members or answer any questions about the Sustainable Freight Initiative.

Link to ARB’s Sustainable Freight Initiative Website: http://www.arb.ca.gov/gmp/sfti/sfti.htm

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