Sustainable Freight Transport

This page last reviewed February 6, 2019

CARB is working with agency partners and stakeholders to implement a broad program that includes regulations, incentives, and policies designed to support the transformation to a more sustainable freight system and reduce community impacts from freight operations in California. This page summarizes CARB’s sustainable freight activities and provides links to more detailed information on our specific freight-related programs.


Minimizing Community Health Impacts from Freight

At the March 2018 CARB Board Meeting, staff provided an informational update on potential concepts for minimizing community health impacts from large freight facilities including seaports, railyards, warehouses, and distribution centers. This is per Board direction from the March 2017 meeting and the addendum to Resolutions 17-7 and 17-8.

For more information, please visit the website:

Freight Facility and Regulation Information:



Warehouses and Distribution Centers

Additional Resources:

California Sustainable Freight Action Plan

The California Sustainable Freight Action Plan (Action Plan) is now available. Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-32-15 which directs the State to develop an integrated freight action plan by July 2016. The Action Plan is an unprecedented step that builds on a strong foundation of research, technical, and stakeholder work.

New - Pilot Project Work Plans

Staff from the California Department of Transportation, the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, and the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development have released work plans for three pilot project concepts as part of ongoing implementation of the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan.

To view workplans or for more information on the Action Plan, please visit the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan’s interagency website:

Stakeholder Engagement

- Sign up for our email listserve to receive notices of meetings, document availability, and other relevant information.

- Request a CARB speaker through CARB’s Ombudsman office by completing the Request for CARB Speaker  form and selecting "Freight Movement" from the topic list.


For more information on CARB's Sustainable Freight Transport Initiative, please contact the Freight Transport Branch at (916) 322-8267.

Contact with any additional questions or comments.