Veronica Pardo

Veronica Pardo

Veronica Pardo

Speaker | Resource Recovery Coalition of California

Sacramento, CA |

Veronica Pardo serves as the Regulatory Affairs Director for the Resource Recovery Coalition of California. Thanks to the growing complexity of the waste and recycling industry since the passage of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, Veronica has the pleasure of working on a diversity of issues ranging from waste diversion policies, air and water emissions, organics management, and renewable energy production.

Session Code: D2

Track: California

Session Name: Compliance and Impacts

Session Time: Wednesday, Jan 25, 1:45 to 3:15 PM

Presentation Title: Transition to Zero Emission Fleets

Presentation Description: To combat climate change, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is developing a heavy-duty (Class 2b – Class 8) zero-emission fleet regulation with the goal of achieving zero-emission fleets by 2045 everywhere feasible. This presentation will address how the Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) regulation will impact both private and public solid waste fleets, especially as we look to meet new organic waste recycling obligations under SB 1383.

Zero emission vehicles are defined as battery electric or fuel cell electric powered by hydrogen. As initially drafted, high-priority private solid waste fleets will need to demonstrate that 10% of their refuse vehicles are zero emission in 2027, 25% in 2030, 50% in 2033, 75% in 2036, and 100% by 2039. Meanwhile, new fleet truck purchases for public fleets will need to be 50% zero emission from 2024 to 2027 and 100% from 2027 onward, except for certain low populations counties exempted from the first phase. The initial draft also provides flexibility for the purchase of near-zero emission vehicles, which are hybrids, through 2035.

Attendees will learn what the current ACF regulations propose for public and private fleets, including anticipated phase-in schedules, vehicle considerations, applicable definitions, infrastructure development, and available funding, as well as how they can get involved in the regulations and voice concerns. Attendees will also hear how the waste and recycling industry is looking to find an alternative compliance pathway for solid waste vehicles fueled by renewable natural gas derived from organics, aligning with SB 1383 organic waste recycling expectations.