As part of larger regional efforts to transition the Central Coast to alternative fuels, CEC is partnering in a series of free transportation trainings on April 26 and 27. Each webinar will focus on the unique needs and concerns of a different segment within the fleet industry, with one targeted at fleet operators, another at planners, and the last at decision-makers.
Fleet operators: Tuesday, April 26, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
This group will learn about the latest fuel technologies and state policies driving green fleet vehicle adoption, including incentives, and also examine case studies of fleets that have made the switch.
Fleet planners: Tuesday, April 26, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Planners will get a look into the importance of petroleum reduction technologies, and how these relate to current state pushes to reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions. They’ll also get an overview of gaseous fuels and biofuels, as well as advantages and disadvantages of hydrogen, electric and hybrid vehicles. Lastly, they’ll take a look at the process of permitting and installing alternative-fuel infrastructure.
Fleet decision makers: Wednesday, April 27, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Decision makers will hear about the latest advancements in alternative fuel technologies and infrastructure development, the importance of clean transportation to improving air quality, and how alternative fuel implementation goals can help meet carbon reduction objectives.
A highly collaborative project, CEC’s partners in the trainings are Center for Sustainable Energy, Plug-In America, and Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition, with additional support from Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control Districts.
The trainings are part of a larger regional project, the Central Coast Alternative Fuels Readiness Planning effort. Lead by the County of Santa Barbara and EV Communities Alliance, the project’s goal is to accelerate the Central Coast’s transition to cleaner alternative fuels and vehicles.
The push to move to cleaner fuels comes from the high impact transportation has on our environment, particularly in California where the transportation sector accounts for nearly 40% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions–more than any other sector in the economy. This means that transitioning from petroleum to alternative fuels is one of the best ways to reduce air pollution and cut global GHG emissions.
Regional partners in this planning effort are currently putting the finishing touches on an Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFV) Readiness Plan for Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties that will be released later this year. This plan emphasizes pathways to increasing the most environmentally beneficial fuels and vehicles. Specific objectives are also being put in place to measure the plan’s success, including increased AFV sales, decreased GHG and criteria pollutants emissions, reduced petroleum fuel consumption, and increased jobs and economic activity.
For more information about the alternative fuels trainings or AFV readiness planning efforts, contact CEC’s Energy Program Associate, Cameron Gray, by phone at (805) 963-0583 Ext. 111 or email at [email protected].