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Sustainability News California Gets Tougher on NOx California's Air Resources Board has urged further reductions in nitrous oxide emissions to meet the new federal Environmental Protection Agency standard and its own air quality and climate goals. "One of several goals California must meet are the existing ambient ozone air quality standards in 2023 and 2031, which will require an estimated 80 percent reduction in oxides of nitrogen emissions below current emission levels in the South Coast air basin," the group said. CARB pointed to heavy-duty trucks as major contributors and urged EPA to adopt tighter national NOx emissions standards for on-road heavy-duty engines, fueled by either diesel or CNG. "NOx, a product of incomplete combustion, contributes to the formation of not only ozone but also fine particle pollution, PM2.5, a serious health threat in California," CARB added. The group said it will "develop new heavy-duty diesel engine emissions standards within the next several years, while simultaneously petitioning U.S. EPA to establish a corresponding national standard, in order to maximize emission reductions from all vehicles operating in California, regardless of whether they were purchased in a different state." It noted that vehicles purchased outside California account for one-third of the heavy-duty vehicle miles traveled in the state. "For that reason, a lower NOx standard that reduces emissions from all trucks operating in California is critical to meeting future air quality goals and tackling this public health challenge," CARB said, adding "California regulators plan to develop tougher nitrogen oxide standards for heavy trucks as early as 2017." Carrier Transicold Takes Aim at Global Warming Carrier Transicold said increasing its use of natural refrigerant technology Trucking Software has the potential to improve the Global Warming Potential, or GWP, for transport applications. The R-452A refrigerant the company introduced in Europe has a 45 percent lower GWP than what is used in the United States, according to the company. It is waiting for approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to introduce the three-component blend to the U.S. The company wants to go even further and increase the use of the natural refrigerant carbon dioxide. "Carrier Transicold's greater goal for transport refrigeration significantly surpasses the benefits of R-452A," said David Appel, president of Carrier Transicold. "The natural refrigerant CO2 is cost-effective, readily available worldwide and has a [GWP] of only 1, which is roughly 2,000 times better than R-452A [2,140 GWP] and 4,000 times better than R-404A [3,922 GWP]." The company said it is successfully using CO2 refrigerant in stationary commercial refrigeration as well as in marine transport. In 2013 it launched NaturaLINE, the first marine container Business Software for Intermodal Trucking Companies of All Sizes Harbor Drayage Rail Drayage Multi-Modal Trucking "Trinium is a vital part of our Total Logistics Solution. The TMS is an integral piece of our multi-faceted operation and effectively interfaces with our other internal and external systems." Call (310) 214-3118 to schedule your one-on-one demo today or email Bob LaMere, CIO East Coast Warehouse & Distribution | November 2015 | Intermodal Insights 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Insights - November 2015

PTC Extended to December 2018
SMS Data Sufficient Says FMCSA
CII Recognizes IANA’s Casey
Official IANA 2016 Board Election Results
Driving Change for Intermodal Growth
State Legislative Update
FMCSA Metrics Dig Deeper
Freight Reports
Scenes from EXPO 2015
Sustainability News
Port News
People in the News
In Brief
2015 Sponsors
Welcome New Members
Intermodal Calendar

Insights - November 2015