State Releases Final Plan to Transform Freight System

Sacramento – In response to an Executive Order issued last year by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., state agency leaders today released the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan, a comprehensive document that serves as a blueprint for transforming the state’s multi-billion dollar freight transport system into one that is environmentally cleaner, more efficient, and more economically competitive than it is today.

The revised document is similar to the draft version issued in May 2016, but reflects new input provided by industry, labor, regional and local government, and community and environmental group stakeholders, who submitted more than 85 comments on the draft plan.

“We listened to stakeholders, incorporated changes, and we will continue to consult with them as we put the Plan into action” said California Air Resources Board Chair Mary D. Nichols. “This dialogue — and a commitment to shared responsibility for and ownership of this plan– is the underpinning for the successful transformation of our freight transport system and the multiple benefits it will bring to our environment, communities and our economy.”

Developed in response to Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-32-15, which calls for a single integrated action plan for California, the Action Plan was prepared by the California State Transportation Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency, California Natural Resources Agency, California Air Resources Board, California Department of Transportation, California Energy Commission and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, with broad stakeholder input.

“The Sustainable Freight Action Plan reflects the hard work done by the partners to address the needs of the freight industry,” said Governor Brown’s senior jobs adviser Mike Rossi. “GO-Biz will continue working with our stakeholders in the business community to see that the Action Plan builds upon ongoing efforts to modernize the freight industry while reducing emissions and keeping it competitive through commercially viable and affordable technologies.”

The Executive Order directs the state agencies to pursue a shared vision to “improve freight efficiency, transition to zero-emission technologies and increase the competitiveness of California’s freight system.” Benefits include meeting the state’s freight infrastructure, public health, air quality and climate goals.

The Action Plan includes a long term-2050 vision and guiding principles for California’s future freight transport system along with these targets for 2030:

  • Improve freight system efficiency 25 percent by
  • Deploy over 100,000 zero-emission vehicles/equipment and maximize near-zero by 2020.
  • Foster future economic growth within the freight and goods movement industry.

The plan also identifies opportunities to leverage State freight transport system investments, pinpoints actions to initiate over the next five years to meet goals, and lists possible pilot projects to achieve concrete progress in the near term.

“This Sustainable Freight Action Plan reflects an investment strategy that’s right for California: expand economic development, create jobs and protect our environment. The plan doesn’t choose between these objectives, but proposes strategies to achieve them all. I look forward to turning this plan into action,” said California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian P. Kelly.

Among the new additions to the final plan are placing more focus on key partnerships and a discussion of toxic hot spots. Changes have also been made throughout the document to clarify and emphasize the collaboration between the responsible agencies and other regional planning efforts, including funding.

“The Energy Commission appreciates the collaboration amongst our sister agencies and engaged stakeholders across the state to develop an action plan to address Governor Brown’s call to action on sustainable freight,” said Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott. “We look forward to working with our partners to refine and prioritize the strategies and actions identified in the Action Plan and to carrying out actions that will help California to meet its clean air standards and climate goals.”

Next steps for state agencies will include continued work with federal, state, industry, labor, regional, local and environmental and community-based partners to refine and prioritize the strategies and actions outlined in the Action Plan. The state agencies will also create collaborative stakeholder working groups on competitiveness, system efficiency, workforce developments, and regulatory and permitting process improvements.

Regular California Freight Advisory Committee meetings will continue, and by July 2017, the state agencies will establish work plans for chosen pilot projects.

Currently, California is the nation’s largest gateway for international trade and domestic commerce, with an interconnected system of ports, railroads, highways and roads that allow freight from around the world to move throughout the state and nation. This system is responsible for one-third of the state’s economic product and jobs, with freight dependent industries accounting for over $740 billion in gross domestic product and over five million jobs in 2014.

For more information about California’s Freight Plan : http://www.casustainablefreight.org/

 

 

 

 

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STATE ISSUES DRAFT PLAN FOR FREIGHT SYSTEM OF THE FUTURE

SACRAMENTO- State agency leaders today released the Draft California Sustainable Freight Action Plan, an ambitious document that lays a foundation for modernizing California’s multi-billion dollar freight transportation system.

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Developed in response to Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-32-15, which calls for a single integrated action plan for California, the Draft Action Plan was drafted by the California State Transportation Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency, Natural Resources Agency, California Air Resources Board, California Department of Transportation, California Energy Commission and Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development with broad stakeholder input.

The Executive Order directs the state agencies to pursue a shared vision to “improve freight efficiency, transition to zero-emission technologies and increase the competitiveness of California’s freight system.” Benefits include meeting the state’s freight infrastructure, public health, air quality and climate goals.

The Draft Action Plan responds to the Governor’s Executive Order by articulating one shared vision to improve the efficiency of California’s freight system while reducing its pollution, all the while bolstering the competitiveness of California’s goods movement system nationally and internationally.

Key components of the Action Plan include:

  • A long-term 2050 vision and guiding principles for California’s future freight transport system.
  • Targets for 2030 to guide the State toward meeting its long-term vision:
    • Improve freight system efficiency 25 percent by 2030.
    • Deploy over 100,000 zero-emission vehicles/equipment and maximize near-zero by 2020.
    • Foster future economic growth within the freight and goods movement industry.
  • Identified opportunities to leverage State freight transport system investments.
  • Actions to initiate over the next five years to make progress towards the Draft Action Plan’s vision and target.
  • Pilot projects to achieve concrete progress in the near-term.
  • Additional concepts for further exploration and potential development.

“Future investments of public dollars in freight require a smart approach that accounts for both environmental stewardship and the need for new infrastructure to accommodate a growing freight sector,” said CalSTA Secretary, Brian P. Kelly. “While some may see these as competing priorities, this Draft Action Plan suggests we don’t have to choose between these important objectives, but can achieve both through more prudent planning and investment. I look forward to perfecting the document with input from our many stakeholders in the days ahead.”

Achieving the Draft Actiotruck2n Plan’s objectives will require strategic partnerships and well-coordinated investments in new technologies and major infrastructure upgrades. The plan provides an opportunity for leveraging new federal, State, local and private investment for these freight transport system improvements.

California’s freight system is the most extensive and interconnected freight system in the United States and is composed of several deep water seaports, cargo airports, border crossings, and a vast warehousing and distribution sector, all connected by a network of over 11,000 miles of railroad track and Interstate and state highways. Each component is critical and the system depends on these interconnected facilities working in concert to move freight in and out of California to the rest of the nation and across the globe. California’s freight-dependent industries account for more than $740 billion in revenue and more than 5 million jobs in 2014.

“This is an unprecedented effort to partner with the freight sector to help bolster the competitiveness of California’s freight industry,” said Governor Brown’s senior jobs adviser Mike Rossi. “The freight sector has already invested heavily in modernization and the Action Plan helps advance those efforts while reducing emissions through commercially viable and affordable technologies.”

While freight transport in California is a major economic engine for the state, emissions from ships, harbor craft, trucks, locomotives, cargo equipment, aircraft and other freight participants account for about half of toxic diesel particulate matter (PM 2.5), 45 percent of the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) that form ozone and fine particulate matter in the atmosphere, and 6 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in California. Many of these pollutants are emitted in close proximity to communities and pose health risks to nearby residents, highlighting the need for additional steps to protect public health.

“The draft we are releasing today represents an unprecedented collaboration among government agencies, in keeping with the importance of the freight sector to our economy and our environment,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “The plan commits to include all stakeholders at every step in the process, from refining goals and selecting pilot projects through implementation into the coming decade. Our challenge is to deliver both public health and economic benefits at our ports, on our highways, and in our communities throughout the state.”

The Draft Action Plan builds on existing State agency strategies, including the California Freight Mobility Plan, Sustainable Freight Pathways to Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Discussion Document and the Integrated Energy Policy Report. Broad stakeholder input provided over the past several months, including 11 workshops across the state, inform this Draft Action Plan.

The Draft Action Plan is available now for stakeholder and public feedback through July 6, 2016. Additionally, agency staff will present it as an informational item at public meetings of the California Freight Advisory Committee, the California Transportation Commission and California Air Resources Board in May.

“The Energy Commission is pleased to work in partnership with our sister agencies and engaged stakeholders across the state to develop this draft action plan,” said Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott. “Reducing pollution from the freight sector will help California to meet its clean air standards and climate goals.”

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The Governor’s Executive Order on Sustainable Freight can be found at:
https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=19046

The Draft Action Plan is available for public review and comments at: http://www.casustainablefreight.org

The State Agencies are requesting comments by July 6, 2016. Comments can be submitted electronically at: www.casustainablefreight.org

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State Agencies Collaborate to Improve Freight’s Economic and Environmental Performance

Integrated plan to improve trade infrastructure and reduce emissions

SACRAMENTO— Tuesday, leaders from state government will join the California Freight Advisory Committee at their July meeting, where they will take the first steps towards implementing Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-32-15, which calls for a single, unified Sustainable Freight Strategy for the state.

“Addressing trade’s economic and environmental impacts is key to California’s long term growth,” said California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly. “If we want to effectively protect the environment and simultaneously make the movement by people and of goods easier, while expanding economic competitiveness, we must have one integrated freight strategy. The hard work of developing that plan begins today.”

This new freight strategy will prove essential to meeting California’s air quality and climate goals by evolving the state’s freight system into a more efficient, competitive, and sustainable program.

California’s freight-dependent industries account for more than $700 billion in revenue and more than five million jobs in 2013. Unfortunately, our current freight system also creates a high portion of local toxics and criteria pollutants associated with poor air quality and an increasing contribution of greenhouse gas emissions, all of which impact the health and well-being of Californians and deplete natural resources.

“Freight transportation contributes significantly to poor air quality in California and is a particular burden to disadvantaged communities,” said Secretary for Environmental Protection Matthew Rodriquez. “Developing a sustainable freight strategy that transitions to zero-emission technologies is a key element of our efforts both to improve public health and reduce the carbon pollution that causes climate change.”

“California must find ways to cut the pollution generated by our network of rail, ports, highways, and airports. The Governor’s executive order will lead to clear efficiency targets and cleaner vehicles and fuels,” said Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird. “The Natural Resources Agency is responsible for guiding California’s adaptation to climate change, and lessening greenhouse gas emissions helps to lessen the threats of increasingly volatile storms, sea-level rise, coastal flooding, and warmer average temperatures.”

The Governor’s Executive Order directs California’s Transportation Agency, Environmental Protection Agency and Natural Resources Agency, and their departments, to work together to create “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.”

The meeting is open to the public starting at 10am at Cal/EPA headquarters, and webcast here: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/Broadcast/

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