ARB approves additional ‘early actions’

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Nov. 2, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On October 25, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) approved six new early action measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, bringing to nine the number of discrete early actions measures that will take effect a year ahead of the 2011-12 starting date for compliance mechanisms and regulatory measures.

Earlier this year, the ARB adopted three early measures that would establish a low-carbon fuel standard (to reduce the carbon content of transportation fuels in California by 10 percent by January 1, 2020), prohibit the sale of refrigerants for air conditioners in cars and reduce methane emissions from landfills.

The six additional measures are as follows:

  • SmartWay Truck Efficiency: Will require existing trucks and trailers to be retrofitted with the best available "SmartWay Transport" and/or ARB-approved technology to reduce aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance.

  • Tire Inflation Program: Will include actions to ensure that vehicle tire pressure is maintained to manufacturer specifications.

  • Port Electrification: Will require docked ships to turn off their auxiliary engines and plug into alternative sources of power, through shoreside electrical outlets or other technologies.  This will also result in reduced emissions of nitric oxides  and particulate matter.

  • Reduction of Propellants in Consumer Products:  Will require the reduction of propellants in aerosol products, electronics cleaning, dust removal, party products and other formulated consumer products

  • Reduce Perfluorcarbons in the Semiconductor Industry: Will establish a PFC emissions reduction goal along with measures to achieve that goal.  PFCs are used in the semiconductor industry to create intricate circuitry patterns on silicon wafers and to rapidly clean semiconductor chemical vapor chambers.

  • Sulfur Hexaflouride (SF6) Reduction in the Non-Electric Sector: Involves the potential ban of SF6 in non-utility, non-semiconductor applications where safe, cost-effective alternatives are available.

    At the October 5 hearing, the AB 32 Implementation Group (of which CMTA is an executive officer) continued to voice its support for a voluntary early action plan so that businesses will not be discriminated against, nor disadvantaged, by emission reductions actions that they undertake since AB 32 (The Global Warming Solutions Act, Chapter 488, Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles) was signed into law and prior to the establishment of rules by CARB.  

    During this period, many businesses in California will need to make investment decisions with regard to expansion, modernization, relocation, etc. The present uncertainty as to future requirements could lead to delays in projects that create jobs, increase economic activity and, in some cases, reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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