Jerry Brown Introduces January California BudgetCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order mandating the state reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and fuel usage by 50% by 2030. He has tasked the California Air Resources Board (CARB), California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to collectively “develop an integrated action plan by July 2016 that establishes clear targets to improve freight efficiency, transition to zero-emission technologies, and increase competitiveness of California’s freight system.”

It is expected much of this freight plan will be focused on maritime operations and drayage trucks. Here we go again!
Fact: Trucks serving California’s ports are already required to be the newest and cleanest in the state’s good movement network.
Fact: Container ships calling California’s ports are already required to use ultra-low sulphur fuel and plug into shoreside power while at dock.
Fact: Technology to achieve zero-emission trucks is not yet viable. Electric trucks have an 80-mile radius and fuel cell trucks have a 200-mile radius.

Clean Air Is Not Just a Goal but a Promise

Shore Power Infrastructure Complete OaklandThe Port of Oakland, along with representatives from the US Maritime Administration (MARAD), Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA), Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)/Federal Highway Administration as well as local and state air districts celebrated the completion of their shoreside power infrastructure.  Shoreside power, or “cold ironing,” is the practice of turning off the ship’s engines at dock and plugging into electrical power to run ship operations.

Shoreside power is a not only an element of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations but also a commitment on the part of the Port of Oakland whose commissioners, in 2008, pledged to reduce diesel emissions by 85% by 2020.  They are well on their way to living up to that promise…as of 2012, diesel particulates had been reduced by 70%.