Gov. Brown calls for zero-emissions plan for freight industry

Gov. Brown calls for zero-emissions plan for freight industry

Pushing ahead with his goal to slow down climate change by decreasing carbon emissions, California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday called on state leaders to develop a zero-emissions plan for the state's freight industry.

Mr. Brown asked for a plan that could help the freight industry to make a smooth transition to zero-emission technologies. In an executive order, he noted that the Golden State has set aggressive targets to reduce pollution by the year of 2030 by cutting petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent.

California is one of the United State's top gateways for international trade, and the plan would mean notable changes for the state's freight businesses. The state's freight transport operations, from ocean port complexes to trains and trucks, already face some of the nation's strictest environmental standards.

The California Trucking Association said truckers in the state are already spending around $1 billion annually on decreasing emissions and that the industry has invested $7 billion on clean technologies.

The association said in a statement, "As the State contemplates more costly new emissions targets; it must consider the economic impact to the trucking industry."

The integrated action plan mentioning clear targets to enhance freight efficiency was ordered to be completed by July 2016.

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