Gino DiCaro

Emissions reduction plan for goods movement

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, April 21, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

This week CMTA testified at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regarding a proposed "Emission Reduction Plan for Ports and Goods Movement" in California. The plan would create a new set of air quality regulations that will impact trucks, ships, commercial harbor craft and cargo-handling equipment.

CMTA urged the Air Resources Board to consider an alternative market-based plan that would provide a more effective, efficient manner in which to address emission reductions in California. CMTA supports the plan proposed by the Maritime Goods Movement Coalition (MGM), a group of businesses, ports and air quality regulators.

The MGM plan is a hybrid emissions reduction and trading program that contains several different elements, including risk-based health standards, declining performance-based emission rates, emissions trading and emission fees. This tiered approach would allow flexibility and choice for program operators to meet reduction goals, give market-based incentives for operator compliance, lower associated costs, and provide greater economic opportunities. The end result would be to meet air quality standards in a cost-effective manner.

Due to jurisdictional conflicts over the many different types of sources in and around the ports, air quality has been difficult to address. The problem will only get worse over time as the ports grow to serve expanding import and export markets. The proposal suggested by MGM deserves serious consideration by regulators as a means to achieve air-quality goals and protect the California economy.
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