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Today's Pickup: Clean Truck Programs May Take A Hit Amid Cap-And-Trade Decline

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Good day,

Clean truck programs funded by California's cap-and-trade program may take a hit as the coronavirus pandemic has limited fossil fuel activity that drives the pollution reduction program. Cap-and-trade, in effect since 2016,  limits the amount of carbon that companies are allowed to emit, and allows businesses to buy and sell pollution credits at an auction on a state-sponsored marketplace. But the latest auction, held in late May, produced only $25 million in revenue, down from the $600 million to $850 million raised at previous auctions over the past three years.

Among the heavy-duty truck projects funded by cap-and-trade revenues are Volvo Lights, an electric truck demonstration project, and a clean truck voucher program introduced this year. How the revenue declines will affect commercial vehicle emissions reduction initiatives will depend on the allocation of the cap-and-trade funds in the state budget, H.D. Palmer, Deputy Director of California's Department of Finance, told FreightWaves. The budget is under deliberation in the Legislature and is expected to be finalized by June 15. 

Did you know?

The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a $1.5 billion budget for 2020/21. The budget is based on expectations of slower cargo volumes in the near term and a continued slowdown in the worldwide economy, due to market uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lingering impacts from the 2019 trade war.

Via Port of Los Angeles

Quotable:

"Forced dispatch or not, you can't drive into a riot situation because you are going to lose."

Ronnie Sellers of Knoxville, Tennessee, a former police officer and owner of a small trucking company, on driving trucks during the civil rights protests convulsing the country (Via FreightWaves

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Final thoughts,

ExFreight, a digital freight forwarding service, has announced the launch of a new Carbon Calculator that tallies the pollution impact of modes of transport and shipment routing. The tool provides estimated carbon emissions for all shipment modes at the time of rating and during actual transit, including first-mile trucking, air/ocean transport, and final delivery worldwide. Data is collected and verified with all respective carriers and provided to the shipper on the company's broader digital platform. Customers are also able to input their own emissions requirements to meet the required internal standards of measurement. 

Hammer down, everyone!

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