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LA and Long Beach ports set to cut emissions

Los Angeles and Long Beach mayors Eric Garcetti and Robert Garcia have signed a joint declaration in a bid to cut emissions from the ports.

The declaration set goals for the city-owned ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to move to zero emissions as part of the two cities’ Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) by introducing zero-emission yard equipment by 2030 and zero-emission drayage trucks by 2035.  

The statement also committed to investing in clean technology and expanding at-berth emissions reductions, and reaffirmed a commitment to adopt the Paris Climate Agreement in their goals.

Garcia said: “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.

“The success of our ports has proven that you don’t have to choose between the environment and the economy.”

Both ports will initiate drayage truck test pilot programmes using either government grant funding or market maker strategies, or by creating a specific pilot programme Request for Information that puts forward performance goals and allows the private sector to respond with strategies.

The ports will also test zero-emission cargo handling equipment and seek to develop harbour craft emission reduction technology projects, as well as at-berth emission control systems.

A final timeline for the future developments of this agreement is expected before June 27, and will fully complete the update by November.

Garcetti and Garcia also launched the Green Ports Collaborative initiative to bring US ports together, beginning with the West Coast, to create shared environmental standards, demonstrate future demand for zero emissions equipment and work with manufacturers to produce the vehicles and technologies needed.