Electric truck rebates doubled in California

How will small fleets afford the cost of electric trucks? The answer is surprisingly easy. Just work with the nonprofit that manages California’s $647 million voucher program. It is offering double the rebate for which larger fleets qualify.

Calstart is a nonprofit organization working to build a high-tech clean-transportation industry. It administers hundreds of millions of incentive dollars from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). That money is collected from companies that pollute too much.

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$1.7B in shipments detained in Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

As of July 2023, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained 5,059 shipments from more than five countries, according to the report. The majority of these were imported from Malaysia, Vietnam and China. More than 36% of the shipments were directly from China.

Of these shipments, apparel, footwear and textiles as well as industrial, manufacturing and electronics have been the primary target of detentions, per the report. 

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Port of LA container volumes see 3% year-over-year boost

he Port of Los Angeles saw a 3% year-over-year boost in container volumes during August, marking the first year-over-year gain seen at the port since July 2022. The port handled about 828,000 container units during August, a 21% increase from July 2023, said executive director Gene Seroka during a September 14 press briefing. Compared to the five-year running average for August, the port is off by 6%, though Seroka said that the gap “continues to close.”

With over 125,000 loaded outbound containers, August 2023 marked the fourth consecutive month of gains for the port and a 22% increase when compared to the same time in 2022.

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Supply chains on carbon alert thanks to Scope 3 emissions bill

California’s state Senate has approved a bill requiring large companies to report their carbon footprints, putting more pressure on them to clean up their supply chains.

The Emissions Disclosure Mandate Bill was supported by several large companies, including Apple, Ikea and Microsoft, but was opposed by others for the exacting demands it places on organisations. It comes into effect from 2027.

But with companies under mounting pressure from governments and shareholders to disclose their measures on cutting greenhouse gas emissions the bill has been rubber-stamped.

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