LA and Long Beach release new clean air action plan

LA and Long Beach release new clean air action plan

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have released the draft of their updated 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP).

The 2017 CAAP sets new clean air goals, focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

The plan is to replace cargo equipment and diesel trucks with zero emissions alternatives and to reduce the emissions overall on ships, trains and harbour craft.  It is predicted to cost the ports up to US$14bn, dwarfing the mere US$2m it took to implement the 2006 clean-air plan.

Gene Seroka, Port of Los Angeles executive director, said: “Since 2006, the CAAP has been a model for programs to reduce health risks and air quality impacts from port operations worldwide. We remain committed to being leaders in seaport sustainability.”

Both ports now have a new set of “aggressive” near-term and long term strategies to further reduce air pollution from all port-related sources, assisting the state of California in meeting greenhouse gas reduction goals, and eventually achieving zero emissions for trucks and terminal equipment.

Clean engine standards in trucks will be implemented in 2018 followed by a structure which encourages the use of near-zero and zero emissions trucks.  The goal is to have a zero emissions drayage fleet by 2035.  Terminal equipment is targeted to reach zero emissions by 2030.

The ports plan to develop a truck appointment system in an attempt to minimise truck turn times and also intend to create a green terminal program.  The program will recognise terminal operators achieving high levels of freight movement efficiency.

An expansion on technologies is hoped to reduce at-berth emissions and encourage clean technology upgrades on ships.

The ports plan to expand the use of on-dock rail with a long term goal of moving 50% of all inbound cargo leaving the ports by rail.  An exploration of short-haul rail and staging yards is also on the agenda for the West Coast hubs.

Plans have been put in place to develop infrastructure that will support terminal equipment electrification, alternative fuels and other energy resource goals.