25 July 17

Clean air plan tackles California pollution

?????????????????????????????????The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have released a draft of their 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) to further key pollution reduction and zero emissions goals.

The plan, anticipated to cost USD$7-14bn, outlines strategies to further reduce harmful air pollution from all port-related sources, assist the state of California in meeting aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goals, and achieve zero emissions for trucks and terminal equipment.

“These ports are going where no port has gone before,” said Port of Los Angeles executive director, Gene Seroka. “Based on what we’ve already accomplished to promote healthy, robust trade through our gateway, we’re ready to make history again, looking at a new array of technologies and strategies to further lower port-related emissions in the decades ahead.”

The clean vehicles, equipment technology and fuels strategy in the plan includes phasing in clean engine standards for new trucks entering the port drayage registries followed by a truck rate structure that encourages the use of near-zero and zero emissions trucks, with the goal of transitioning to a zero emissions drayage fleet by 2035. The ports will also encourage clean technology upgrades on ships to attract the cleanest vessels to the San Pedro Bay ports.

As part of its freight infrastructure investment and planning goal it aims to move 50% of all inbound cargo leaving the ports by rail and develop charging standards for electric cargo handling equipment.

To address freight efficiency, the ports will develop a universal truck appointment system with the goal of minimizing truck turn times. They will create a voluntary ‘Green Terminal’ programme to recognize terminal operators achieving high levels of freight movement efficiency and continue to explore short-haul rail, staging yards, intelligent transportation systems and other supply chain efficiency improvements.

CAAP’s energy resource planning strategy includes developing infrastructure plans to support terminal equipment electrification, alternative fuels and other energy resource goals. Additionally, development and implementation of viable energy conservation, resiliency and management strategies will continue.

The ports will hold a joint public meeting in November to consider the final draft.

Source: GreenPort


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