Policy Achievements

The California Renewable Transportation Alliance works to advance policies that expand market access and affordability for low-carbon trucks, promote investments in clean transportation technologies and fuels, and bring relief to communities that bear the highest air pollution burden.

Our work with state agencies, legislators, local entities and allied low-carbon and environmental justice organizations has resulted in forward progress.  Here is just a sampling of our individual and collective achievements:

  • Obtained $45 million in the 2021-2022 State Budget Act for local air districts in extreme nonattainment areas to deploy more RNG-fueled, low-NOx trucks to displace higher-polluting diesel trucks.
  • Secured an exemption for RNG-powered trucks under the heavy-duty truck smog check program.
  • Sponsored a bill to provided a 2,000 lb. weight exemption for heavy-duty trucks fueled by RNG.
  • Supported the extension to December 31, 2020 of funding for early commercial deployment of zero- and near-zero-emission heavy-duty vehicle technology.
  • Advocated for $560 million from the Cap-and-Trade program in the 2017-2018 State Budget to provide incentives for programs that low-NOx trucks qualified for.
  • Endorsed legislation to require the California Air Resources Board to reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants by 2030.
  • Backed a measure creating the Transformative Climate Communities Program, which provides additional aid to the communities most affected by pollution and poverty.
  • Recommended the extension of California’s greenhouse gas emission targets and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard to 2030.
  • Backed amendments to the Carl Moyer Program to expand eligibility to school buses, modify some cost-effectiveness criteria, and allow Moyer grants to be combined with other incentives, potentially enabling some funding for low-NOx trucks.
  • Endorsed the proposal to require state agencies to choose very-low-carbon transportation fuels (defined as fuels having no more than 40 percent of the carbon intensity of the closest comparable petroleum fuels) for at least 3 percent of their fuel purchases.