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Freight and Climate Change
ODOT Freight Unit
Freight Train
A recent forecast predicts that the volume of freight moved in Oregon will nearly double by 2035. While this growth will result in economic benefits for Oregon, currently freight accounts for one-third of U.S. transportation greenhouse gas emissions.  It is therefore, important to reduce the climate change impacts of freight operations. Some potential strategies include, but are not limited to, investing in vehicle technologies, driver education programs, and shifting freight modes.  
 
ODOT Freight Mobility Unit 

DEQ Truck Efficiency and Reduced Idling Study Group
The 2009 Oregon Legislature directed the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to evaluate requirements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from commercial heavy and medium duty vehicles.
 
Read more about the Study Group 
 
Final report to the Oregon Legislature: Improving Truck Efficiency and Reducing Idling 

Incentive Programs for Freight Efficiency and Fuel Use
Business Energy Tax Credits for Efficient Truck Technology
The Oregon Department of Energy offers a Business Energy Tax Credit to Oregon businesses, trades, and rental property owners that invest in efficient truck technology projects. Quailified projects may include the purchase of idle reduction equipment, aerodynamic packages, single-wide tires, and automatic tire inflation.

Energy Loan Program for Alternative Fuel Use
The Oregon Deparment of Energy administers the Energy Loan Program (SELP) to promote energy conservation and renewable energy resource development. The program offers low-interest loans for a variety of projects, including the use of alternative fuels for fleet vehicles.  
 

Other Freight and Climate Change Resources
FHWA Freight and Air Quality Handbook