As announced on Sunday by Don Anair and Emiliano Mataka in a special Sacramento Bee article, Viewpoints: Modernize California’s freight transportation system to cut pollution, the California Cleaner Freight Coalition released an important report this morning, Moving California Forward: Zero and Low-Emission Goods Movement Pathways,
The report identifies
“…cleaner freight alternatives that can reduce emissions well beyond today’s cleanest diesel and natural gas trucks. The study finds that strategies such as powering short-haul trucks with clean electricity could simultaneously benefit regional air quality and dramatically reduce climate-change emissions, while eliminating tailpipe emissions in communities most affected by truck traffic.”
The report covers many modes of freight transportation, including rail, truck, and ship; and evaluates numerous clean technology tools and strategies, including hybrid and electric drayage trucks, fixed guideway systems, short sea shipping,
One of their most interesting conclusions:
The complete report is available on the website of the Union of Concerned Scientists.