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New California Emissions Plan Will Shake Up Freight Industry

California, known for its aggressive environmental and transportation policies, is about to shake up the freight industry.

In a collaboration of the California Department of Transportation, the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, the state is about to release its Sustainable Freight Action Plan. It aims to transform the state’s freight system by 2050, making it more efficient, connected and advanced, while transitioning to zero-emission technologies.

To meet air quality and climate protection goals, the plan will include an implementation strategy for deploying over 100,000 freight vehicles capable of zero-emission or near-zero-emission operation by 2030.

The Sustainable Freight Action Plan is a first-of-its-kind initiative. Nothing so fully comprehensive for goods movement has been tried before. When released, this plan will outline a variety of investment and regulatory paths to accelerate an improved freight system — covering all modes of freight transport from air to water to land.

It pretty much goes without saying that what happens in California doesn’t stay in California.

Bold policies have made California a bellwether. With the largest economy and the largest population of any state in the U.S., California motivates other states, and even countries, to examine whether its rules could work for them. California even frequently influences federal rulemaking.

Policymakers everywhere will be watching California’s plan to restore healthful air quality for millions of residents. Slashing pollution from the goods movement system is essential to that goal.

At the same time, our nation must aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the state level, especially from heavy-duty vehicles, to combat global climate change. Heavy-duty vehicles are the fastest-growing segment of U.S. transportation for energy use and emissions. read more at


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