Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach target zero emissions in their Clean Air Action Plan. The port authorities signed a joint declaration with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia for the ambitious project. The plan includes new investments in clean technology, which will reduce the at-berth emissions in the ports, but also sets target for zero emissions for drayage truck pilot. Moreover, the Clean Air Action Plan aims to reach zero-emissions on-road truck fleet by 2035 and zero-emissions on cargo handling equipment fleet by 2030. The port authorities will release a detailed timetable and process for Clean Air Action Plan within 15 days and fully complete the update by November.
“With the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ranked as the nation’s two largest ports, it is crucial to double down on our commitment to combating climate change by achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and by committing to zero emissions goals for the Clean Air Action Plan”, said the Long Beach Mayor, Robert Garcia.
Though the city-owned ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have made great strides reducing emissions under their joint 2006 Clean Air Action Plan, they remain the largest single source of smog-forming pollution in Southern California. Diesel pollution from thousands of trucks, cargo ships, locomotives and other freight-hauling vehicles serving the complex continues to harm the health of people in surrounding communities.
Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are located in San Pedro Bay. They are highly important for the Southern California economy and center of international trade, connecting US West Coast with Asia and Pacific.