Keep Cargo Moving
Los Angeles Business Journal
California should continue to lead on emission reduction, but goals must keep ports competitive.
Monday, June 15, 2015
California is moving forward with a program that will
fundamentally change the way cargo is transported to address climate
change and reduce emissions at a cost of billions of dollars. The goal
of this effort is to see all those who have a hand in moving cargo
reduce their carbon output to zero or near-zero emissions.
The California Air Resources Board's Sustainable Freight Strategy
will impact our ports, including the ports of Los Angeles and Long
Beach; airports; trucks; railroads; vessels; marine terminals;
warehouses; distribution facilities and delivery trucks. Issues around
the strategy and how it is implemented are significant because this road
map will be used as the basis for future regulations and investments as
California moves to phase out the use of liquid fossil fuels and the
diesel engines that burn them.
The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association continues to support many
efforts by California to integrate clean air technologies in global
trade. However, if the air board's Sustainable Freight Strategy is to be
truly sustainable, it must give businesses a chance to grow while
emissions are reduced. If this is an emissions reduction plan without
financial support or funding, it will severely harm California's
international trade position, a role that helps fuel our economy.
Click here to read the entire Op/Ed.