Policy Institute forum series discussed California freight transportation system

By Jonathan Mao • UC Davis 2014

The UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy hosted three forums in April and May to address the impact of California’s freight sector on air quality and climate change.

  • April 19, 11:30 – 1:00 pm : The Role of Freight Transportation in Achieving Clean Air, Climate Goals, Economic Growth and Healthy Communities in California
  • April 26, 11:30 – 1:00 pm: Advanced Rail and Truck Technology Development and Deployment
  • May 10, 11:30 – 1:00 pm: Planning for Change: How Regions are Planning to Modernize the Freight System in California

California has one of the largest freight industries in the country, and it is expected to grow rapidly in the near future. However, California is also the largest contributor to ozone-causing nitrogen oxide emissions and diesel particulate pollution, and a major contributor to climate change, including emissions of carbon dioxide and black carbon.

Recent incentive programs aimed at lowering emissions within California’s freight industry include AB118, the Carl Moyer program, and the AB32 Scoping Plan. Policy support, however, is not on the same level for low-emission freight transport as it is for light-duty passenger vehicles.

The forum series discussed how new freight transport technologies can help California achieve its clean-air goals by drawing on research that analyzes the ways in which researchers, policymakers, industry stakeholders and other experts can inform better policy.

For more information and to view the forum presentations, click here: http://policyinstitute.ucdavis.edu/?page_id=2319