Zero-Emission Forklift Rulemaking Workshop

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March 3, 2023

Zero-Emission Forklift Rulemaking Workshop

California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff invites you to participate in a public workshop to discuss a regulatory proposal being developed to accelerate the transition of internal-combustion forklifts to zero-emission technology. The workshop is a follow-up to the January 24, 2023, public workshop and will focus on updated draft regulatory language developed since staff last shared draft language in July 2022.

In addition, staff will provide an overview of CARB’s process for preparing the Environmental Analysis (EA) and its content. Staff welcomes public input at the workshop on the appropriate scope and content of the EA, including the reasonably foreseeable methods of compliance with the proposal, the potential significant adverse impacts associated with the methods of compliance, potential feasible mitigation measures, and feasible alternatives to the proposal that could reduce or eliminate any significant adverse impacts. A draft of the EA will be released for public review and comment later in 2023.

CARB is following directives from the Governor’s Executive Orders N-29-20 and N-33-20 as well as the California Department of Public Health’s recommendations regarding public gatherings. As a result, the public workshop will be a remote meeting only, held via a webinar.

Date:                 March 22, 2023
Time:                 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location:           Webinar


Meeting materials will be made available in advance of the workshop on the Zero-Emission Forklifts: Meetings and Workshops webpage.


Mobile sources, including off-road equipment and the fossil fuels that power them, are the largest contributors to emissions of ozone precursors, fine particulate matter (PM2.5), diesel particulate matter, and greenhouse gases (GHG) in California. The Zero-Emission Forklift measure is part of a suite of mobile-source strategies for reducing such emissions through the use of zero-emission technology. The measure is intended to help California achieve the emission-reduction goals outlined in the 2016 State Strategy for the State Implementation Plan, 2022 State Strategy for the State Implementation Plan, 2016 Mobile Source Strategy2020 Mobile Source Strategy, and Sustainable Freight Action Plan, as well as the zero-emission technology-deployment goals set forth in Governor’s Executive Order N-79-20.

Forklifts are widely used in freight, materials handling, manufacturing, and construction operations. In the freight industry, zero-emission forklifts have already achieved substantial market acceptance and deployment volumes. However, in other industries, forklifts with internal-combustion engines are still widely used. The intent of this measure is to transition the remaining internal-combustion forklifts to zero-emission technology where feasible. In addition to reducing emissions of both criteria pollutants and GHGs, staff believes the measure could help catalyze greater adoption of zero-emission technology in the off-road sector by increasing market awareness and supporting the overall growth of the zero-emission industry.

The Zero-Emission Forklift workshop is intended to provide a forum for fleet owners, forklift industry representatives, non-governmental organization representatives, and other interested and knowledgeable stakeholders to identify, discuss, and evaluate key programmatic components of a potential zero-emission forklift regulation. This workshop will be the fifth public meeting CARB staff has conducted to discuss programmatic components and the development process. For information and presentations from the previous public meetings, please visit CARB’s Meeting and Workshops webpage for the Zero-Emission Forklift measure.


We welcome and encourage the public's participation in this process. For questions regarding the workgroup or the proposed Zero-Emission Forklift measure, please contact Keith Roderick, Air Resources Engineer. If you require a special accommodation or need this document in another language or in an alternate format (i.e., Braille, large print), please contact Marjorie Tamoro as soon as possible, and no later than 10 business days before the scheduled webinar. TTY/TDD/Speech to Speech users may dial 711 for the California Relay Service.