Sustainable Freight Transport Initiative

This page last reviewed December 04, 2014

ftsOn January 23, 2014, the Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) adopted Resolution 14-2 which directed staff to engage all interested stakeholders to provide input on the development of a Sustainable Freight Strategy (Strategy) document.  The purpose of the Strategy is to identify and prioritize actions to move California towards a sustainable freight transport system that is characterized by improved efficiency, zero or near-zero emissions, and increased competitiveness of the logistics system.  This is a vital part of our efforts to reduce localized health risk near freight facilities, attain air quality standards in each region, and reduce California's contributions to global climate change. The Strategy also recognizes other freight system priorities, including: reliability, velocity and capacity; integration with the national and international freight transportation systems; transition to cleaner, renewable transportation energy sources; and a system that supports healthy, livable communities.  In addition, the Strategy must recognize the value of improving the competitiveness of our ports and logistics industry; creating jobs in California and training local workers to support the new transport system; increasing energy security; and improving mobility. The Strategy will include recommendations for near-term actions that are informed by stakeholder input, sector-based technology assessments, and staff's analyses.  ARB staff is also working closely with Caltrans and the California Freight Advisory Committee to ensure the State’s freight efforts are coordinated.

Stakeholder Engagement

- Sign up for our email listserve to receive notices of meetings, document availability, and other relevant information.

- Request an ARB speaker through ARB’s Ombudsman office by completing the Request for ARB Speaker  form and selecting "Freight Movement" from the topic list.

- Contact with any additional questions or comments.

What's New

Board Update on the Sustainable Freight Strategy

ARB has assessed its progress in developing the California Sustainable Freight Strategy (Strategy) and redefined the next steps. Staff will not provide an update to the Board in December. Instead, staff anticipates the release of an initial document that describes ARB's vision and options for a clean freight system in Spring 2015.

For more information see: Notice of Cancellation and Update on California Sustainable Freight Strategy

Other ARB Activities

Technology and Fuel Assessments

ARB staff is conducting technology and fuels assessments for a variety of source categories, including: trucks, transport refrigeration units, buses, locomotives, fuels, ocean-going vessels, commercial harbor craft, cargo handling equipment, and aviation – including aircraft and ground support equipment.  The technology assessments will support ARB planning and regulatory efforts, including the development of the Sustainable Freight Strategy, State Implementation Plan (SIP), and ARB’s mobile source control program.

Emission Reduction Plans for Ports and Goods Movement Action Plan

The Air Resources Board approved the 2006 Emission Reduction Plan for Ports and Goods Movement in California. The Plan is an essential component of California's effort to reduce community exposure to air pollution and to meet new federal air quality standards for ozone and fine particulate matter (PM2.5).  This effort is also the next step in implementing the Goods Movement Action Plan developed by the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, and the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Climate Change Scoping Plan

Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32) required the California Air Resources Board to develop a Scoping Plan that describes the approach California will take to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) to achieve the goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The Scoping Plan was first considered by the Board in 2008 and must be updated every five years. ARB is currently in the process of updating the Scoping Plan.

California State Implementation Plans

Federal clean air laws require areas with unhealthy levels of ozone, inhalable particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide to develop plans, known as State Implementation Plans (SIPs).  SIPs are comprehensive plans that describe how an area will attain national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The 1990 amendments to the federal Clean Air Act set deadlines for attainment based on the severity of an area's air pollution problem. 


For more information on ARBs Sustainable Freight Transport Initiative, please contact Karen Buckley, Manager Sustainable Freight Section at (916) 322-8474.