Sustainable Freight Transport Initiative

This page last reviewed July 2, 2015

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 document. ARB staff is working with the State's transportation and energy agencies, as well as its economic development office, local partners, and stakeholders to develop a comprehensive, integrated plan - the California Sustainable Freight Strategy. To inform that effort, the Sustainable Freight: Pathways to Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Discussion Document sets out ARB's vision of a clean freight system, together with the immediate and near-term steps that ARB will take to support use of zero and near-zero emission technology. Following public comment and Board direction at its April 23, 2015 meeting, ARB has posted an updated Discussion Document and will be focusing on the integrated Sustainable Freight Strategy. The full Strategy will include additional measures to reduce emissions to meet State Implementation Plan needs and other objectives.


Sustainable Freight: Pathways to Zero and Near-Zero Emissions, Discussion Document

View Now: Sustainable Freight Discussion Document (PDF - 2.8MB)

The Sustainable Freight: Pathways to Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Discussion Document (Discussion Document) is now available. The document has been updated subsequent to the April 23, 2015 Board meeting and contains a summary of clarifications made as part of the update, a link to the April 23 Board meeting transcript, a link to the written public comments on the Discussion Draft, and Resolution 15-22.

For more information see: Notice of Public Meeting and ARB Board Meetings.

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.

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, and was updated in 2014.

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 the Freight Transport Branch at (916) 322-8382.