Other Goods Movement Equipment

The Goods Movement Program aims to reduce air pollution from equipment primarily used in moving freight and commercial goods along California’s major trade routes.

Year 5 Goods Movement Program – Cargo Handling Equipment and Transportation Refrigeration Units

The Air District is currently accepting Cargo Handling Equipment and Transportation Refrigeration Unit (TRU) applications for the Year 5 Program. This is the 2nd solicitation period for these equipment categories. Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2017.

Those interested in applying for a grant in these categories are encouraged to contact our staff for information or assistance to prepare their proposal. Owners of eligible diesel-fueled equipment are invited to participate in this program. Equipment must operate at rail yards, ports, or freight (goods) distribution facilities in the four major trade corridors of California.

For Year 5, the first project solicitation for these equipment categories closed on April 15, 2016. The Air District received and accepted one proposal in each category and these two proposals will be evaluated for funding.

Preliminary Ranklist: Cargo Handling Equipment and Transportation Refrigeration Units Solicitation #1

The Air District has posted the Year 5 preliminary ranklist for the first solicitation period for Cargo Handling Equipment and Transportation Refrigeration Units (TRU).

Equipment shown on the preliminary ranklist has met basic eligibility criteria for the program. However, appearance on the ranklist does not guarantee that equipment will receive funding. 

Selection for funding is contingent upon a full evaluation to determine if a project meets all program requirements, including passing pre-inspection, successful completion of CARB’s Proposition 1B compliance check, and availability of program funds. Compliant and eligible projects that are ranked above the funding line (meaning, the point at which funds are exhausted) will be evaluated for contracting in the order of ranking. At their own risk, owners of equipment shown on this preliminary ranklist are allowed to place orders for replacement equipment; however, the Air District will not allocate funding to proposed projects until the equipment owner fully executes a grant agreement under the terms and conditions of the program.

Project Types

The following projects are eligible for funding under this program:

  • Equipment/vehicle replacement – replacing yard trucks, rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTG), forklifts, and other mobile lift equipment with electric or fuel-cell equipment.
  • Equipment conversion – converting diesel-fueled yard trucks or upgrading diesel-powered RTGs to electric power.
  • Transportation Refrigeration Unit (TRU) replacement – replacing diesel-powered TRUs with electric, cryogenic, or fuel cell TRUs, replacing an insulated cold-storage trailer at a grocery retailer and installing electric plug-in
  • Charging and fueling infrastructure – installing battery-charging or hydrogen-fueling infrastructure for cargo-handling equipment, and electric-charging or cryogenic-fueling infrastructure for TRUs. (Some project options require replacement of equipment.)


Cargo handling equipment and Transportation Refrigeration Units

The following eligibility criteria must be met by the existing diesel equipment for consideration:

  • It must be primarily operating in the movement of commercial freight, bulk, or goods for sale or for purchase at a port, intermodal rail yard, or freight distribution facility on the major California trade corridor routes (map).
  • Proposals for replacement equipment must document that the project will replace existing equipment on a one-for-one basis and not increase the equipment owner’s fleet size (except for ARB-approved RTG back-up equipment provisions as described in p. E-1 of the guidelines).
  • TRUs must operate on existing trucks or trailers used for goods movement the majority of the time for the past two years (documentation is required with the application).
  • Equipment and fleet must currently comply with the applicable ARB regulation: CA Regulation for Mobile Cargo Handling Equipment, CA In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation, or CA Airborne Toxic Control Measure for TRU Equipment.

Electric charging, hydrogen, or cryogenic fueling infrastructure

  • Equipment owner must agree to replace one or more diesel-fueled units (as described in the fact sheets below) with new equipment powered by the fuel type matching the charging or fueling infrastructure installed for the project.  
  • Applicant must meet required legal, permitting, and engineering requirements for installation.

Year 5 Goods Movement Program – Ships at Berth (Shore Power) Projects

The Air District is accepting ships-at-berth applications for the Year 5 Program through June 30, 2017. Those interested in applying for a grant in this equipment category are encouraged to contact our staff for information or assistance to prepare their proposal for the solicitation period.

For Year 5, the first ships-at-berth project solicitation closed on April 15, 2016. The Air District received and accepted one proposal in this category and evaluated the proposal for funding.

Project Types

The following projects are eligible for funding under this program:

  • At existing cargo ship berths or terminals – installing ship emissions capture and control system (e.g., hood, bonnet).
  • At non-regulated berths – installing grid-based or non-grid-based shore-side power at existing cargo ship berths visited solely by vessels not subject to the control requirements of ARB’s Ships at Berth Regulation in effect in 2015.

Projects must be cost effective – as applicable, only projects meeting the minimum cost-effectiveness formulas will be considered for funding (see fact sheet for details).

Regulatory Compliance Requirements

Incentive funds cannot be used to fund equipment or infrastructure projects already subject to regulatory compliance deadlines including state, federal, or local laws and regulations, judicial orders or agreements, memoranda of understanding, contracts, or other binding obligations that require the implementation of any portion of the project.

How to Apply

  • Review the application assistance documents in the Additional Information section below.
  • Determine the eligibility of your existing equipment and fleet.
  • Select the project type.
  • Gather information about your equipment and engines (and any installed diesel particulate filters (DPF) installed) before starting your application.
  • As applicable - Work with vendors and authorities to prepare proposals and quotes (estimates) for infrastructure projects.
  • Contact our staff for information about how to apply. Depending on the project type, you may be able to apply online. All infrastructure projects require a written proposal in addition to basic application submission.

Additional Information


For decades the Air District has maintained successful monitoring programs for criteria pollutants and toxic compounds. Such programs have been critical in informing Air District actions to improve public health.

In 2015, the Air District launched a Greenhouse Gas, or GHG, measurement program to inform and support its climate protection activities. The overarching goal of the GHG measurement program is to provide the scientific basis that supports rule-making and policy development for reducing GHG emissions in the Bay Area.

In support of this goal, the GHG measurement program has several core objectives:

  • To track trends over time in GHG concentrations for the region;
  • To evaluate and improve the Air District’s regional GHG emissions inventory, especially for methane;
  • To evaluate and improve facility-level GHG emissions estimates and, where possible, evaluate and improve source- and process-level GHG emissions estimates;
  • To educate and inform the public about how the region is contributing to climate change;
  • To provide data and resources to promote climate change research in the region, research that may improve our collective understanding of GHG sources and opportunities for reductions; and
  • To create a successful, comprehensive GHG measurement program to serve as a model for other regions.

GHG Monitoring Network

The Air District has implemented a GHG measurement program to inform its Regional Climate Protection Strategy. The program includes a long-term fixed-site GHG monitoring network to observe ambient concentrations and determine trends of carbon dioxide and methane, as well as carbon monoxide, at four sites. The fixed-site network design is consistent with protocols of international atmospheric monitoring networks and conforms with accuracy and precision standards set by the World Meteorological Organization Global Atmosphere Watch. 

The four fixed sites are located at:

  • Bodega Bay
  • Bethel Island
  • Livermore
  • San Martin

The Bodega Bay site (located at UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab) is located north and upwind of the San Francisco Bay Area. This coastal site often receives clean marine inflow from the west-northwest and hence serves as a regional background site. 

The other three sites are strategically located at exit points for Bay Area air flow that presumably contain well-mixed emissions from upwind local sources. These stations are at San Martin, which is located south and generally downwind of the San Jose metropolitan area; at Livermore, which is close to the cross section of the eastern edge of the Bay Area with California’s Central Valley; and at Bethel Island at the mouth of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Livermore station was preceded by a trial station at Patterson Pass in spring of 2016 (April-May).

The knowledge and long-term tracking of GHG contributions from local sources to the regional background will support regional and state climate protection programs and help evaluate their effectiveness over time.

Research Van 

In order to advance the program’s goal of identifying emission “hot spots” and evaluating and improving the regional emissions inventory, the Air District has developed a dedicated mobile GHG monitoring research van. 

The research van is equipped with analyzers that measure methane, carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxide at fast sampling rates. The instruments in the research van can measure local winds and chemical compounds, such as isotopes of methane, carbon monoxide, and ethane, that serve as source tracers.

Such measurements will help identify important sources of methane emissions and distinguish between emissions from biological, combustion-based, and fossil-based GHG sources. Emission ratios and data trends observed from source-specific surveys of GHG sources, especially those of methane, will help verify and improve the region’s GHG emissions inventory, thereby supporting ongoing GHG emission-reduction programs.

Greenhouse Gas Data

The Air District has compiled data from the fixed-site Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Network relating to concentrations of major greenhouse gases and prevailing meteorological conditions over time.

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