The Harbour Commissions from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will both consider a resolution to approve a proposed clean truck rate, which is expected to accelerate the introduction of cleaner drayage trucks into the port complex.
Both sets of harbour commissioners will hold board meetings in February to discuss a clean truck rate structure, which is seen as a key component of the overall strategy to transition to a zero-emissions truck fleet.
The Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) has established a goal of zero-emissions for drayage trucks serving the ports by 2035.
Following approval of a clean truck rate resolutions by the boards of both ports, several actions must occur before the port begin collecting the rate.
First, the California Air Resources Board must set its ultra-low NOx engine emission standard, which it expects to do in spring 2020.
Next, the ports must establish a mechanism to collect the rate at the gates. The ports anticipate that this will occur also in spring 2020.
Once those actions occur, the ports will present a tariff amendment to their respective boards implementing the rate. The ports expect to begin collecting the rate in the latter half of 2020.
Updated in 2017, the CAAP contains a strategy to accelerate progress toward a zero-emissions future while aiming to protect and strengthen the ports’ competitive position in the global economy.
Targets for reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) from port-related sources were introduced as part of the 2017 CAAP Update. The document calls for the ports to reduce GHGs to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.