ARB Seeks Stakeholder Input for TRU Rule

The California Air Resources Board plans to hold a series of public workshops in the coming year designed to seek stakeholder input as it develops a rulemaking for a control measure aimed at reducing greenhouse gas and other emissions for transport refrigeration units (TRUs).

This rulemaking could potentially impact truckstops because the basic concept is to reduce the amount of time that TRUs operate in a stationary mode while powered by internal combustion engines when they are at certain California locations. Those locations include truckstops, distribution centers, and fleet terminals.

ARB thinks stationary TRU operations could be reduced through more efficient load scheduling technology and procedures, plugging hybrid-electric TRUs or all-electric refrigerated trailers and shipping containers into shore power, or using cryogenic transport refrigerators instead of conventional diesel engine-powered TRUs.  Implementation would be phased in between 2020 and 2030.

Truckstops and travel plazas interested in receiving information from the ARB, including information about the time and location of public workshops, may sign up on ARB’s listserv to receive regular updates. ARB said it expects to send its initial workshop notice in the next several weeks. 

ARB staff will send out emails to the TRU listserve that explain the workshops and provide a link to the actual workshop notice. A rule adoption public hearing is tentatively scheduled with the Board for late 2017. 



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