Sustainable Freight Transport Initiative

This page last reviewed June 5, 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 by the end of 2014.  The purpose of the Strategy is to identify and prioritize actions that move California towards a sustainable freight transport system that is characterized by zero or near zero emissions.  The Strategy will also recognize other freight system priorities including: keeping California’s ports and logistics industry competitive; creating jobs in California and training local workers; system reliability, velocity and capacity; integration with the national and international freight transportation system; transition to cleaner, renewable transportation energy sources; and a system that supports healthy, livable communities.  The Strategy will include recommendations for near-term actions that come out of stakeholder input and technology assessments for truck, rail, ship, commercial harbor craft, air cargo, and cargo handling equipment.  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

On May 5th, the Air Resources Board hosted a public forum for the development of the California Sustainable Freight Strategy.  The purpose of this dialogue was to provide an opportunity for open, interactive, discussions between staff and attendees. Forum presentations are available below.

Forum Presentations:

Other ARB Activities

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.