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Santa Monica launches zero-emissions delivery zone

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator has worked with the city to create the one-square mile voluntary zone by partnering with tech and delivery companies and community organisations. 

Santa Monica pilot offers an opportunity to showcase the demand for zero-emissions delivery
Santa Monica pilot offers an opportunity to showcase the demand for zero-emissions delivery

The City of Santa Monica, in partnership with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), have deployed a zero-emissions delivery zone to help advance LACI’s Transportation Electrification Partnership’s (TEP) 2028 emissions reduction targets.


TEP includes local government officials, utilities, state regulators, automakers, industry leaders, and start-ups working together to reduce air pollution in the greater Los Angeles region by accelerating transportation electrification and zero emissions goods movement in advance of the 2028 Olympic- and Paralympic Games.


Voluntary zone


To support the pilot, participants and encourage others to join, the one-square mile voluntary zone will provide priority kerb access for zero-emission delivery vehicles within certain loading areas in the zone.


Technology from kerb management technology company Automotus will: monitor and analyse all vehicle activity in each kerb zone while protecting privacy; collect anonymised data for studying impact on delivery efficiency, safety, congestion, and emissions; and make real-time parking availability data available to delivery zone drivers.


“To reduce and ultimately eliminate our carbon emissions, we need to look at all aspects of the transportation sector. This pilot with LACI will use smaller and cleaner technologies to deliver goods instead of the large diesel-fuelled trucks we’re used to seeing on our streets,” said Sue Himmelrich, mayor of Santa Monica.


“Beyond reducing carbon and congestion, the added bonus is that restaurants can keep higher margins of sales on delivered food items. This is coming at a critical moment in our recovery and we look forward to new insights on zero-emissions delivery and the possibilities beyond our one square mile test zone.”

“To reduce and ultimately eliminate our carbon emissions, we need to look at all aspects of the transportation sector”

To help reach the 2028 zero-emissions roadmap targets, the Santa Monica delivery zone will:

  • advance emissions reductions policies and tools: with growing diesel emissions from last-mile delivery vehicles as well as heavy duty drayage trucks moving the goods from ports to warehouses, the zone will provide insights for other cities, regulators, and industry leaders for zero-emissions zones and reducing long-term exposure to pollution
  • pilot kerb management solutions: with up to 20 zero-emission loading priority kerb areas in the most congested core of the zone, zero emission delivery use, congestion, safety, dwell time and other metrics will inform future deployments of zero-emissions zones and congestion pricing in Los Angeles and other urban centres
  • demonstrate technology innovations: by deploying and demonstrating technologies needed for zero- emissions delivery zones, Santa Monica and LACI will explore how best to meet operational needs, create local green jobs, and improve quality of life.

“With the explosion of last-mile delivery of goods and food during the pandemic, the zero-emissions delivery zone in Santa Monica will help us both advance policy and technology solutions needed to reduce air and climate pollution, noise, and congestion while creating a blueprint for other cities to follow,” added Matt Petersen, CEO of LACI and chair of TEP.


“In addition to helping advance the bold goals of the Transportation Electrification Partnership, the pilot will also help unlock innovation from start-up entrepreneurs, strengthen local small businesses, and grow the green workforce.”


LACI and TEP issued a request for information (RFI) for communities and neighbourhoods across the County of Los Angeles, and the City of Santa Monica was selected as the zero-emissions delivery zone partner.


Over the last year, LACI and TEP (of which the City of Santa Monica is a member) worked with businesses, community groups, and other partners to develop the zone. The zone is a one-square mile area in the commercial activity core of Santa Monica.


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