US gets more aggressive with clean air strategies

13 Nov 2017
CAAP update: POLA and POLB are entering into a new era of aggressive clean air strategies

CAAP update: POLA and POLB are entering into a new era of aggressive clean air strategies

Los Angeles and Long Beach have approved an update to the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan meaning stricter clean air strategies.

This update provides high-level guidance for accelerating progress toward a zero-emission future while protecting and strengthening the ports’ competitive position in the global economy.

“The San Pedro Bay ports are the driving forces of our region’s economy and they should also be global models for sustainability and clean air,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti.

“This update to the Clean Air Action Plan is an important step toward our ambitious goal of zero emissions landside goods movement by 2035.”

Ports will work on developing and refining specific programmes under the new CAAP update.

Projects will include identifying clean engine milestones for new trucks entering the port drayage registries with the goal of transitioning to a zero-emission on-road drayage fleet by 2035.

Beginning in 2020, terminal operators will also be required to deploy zero-emission equipment, or the cleanest equipment available, with the goal of transitioning all terminal equipment to zero emissions by 2030.

The ports will also be required to develop infrastructure plans to support terminal equipment electrification, alternative fuels and other energy resource goals.

They will also be given the long-term goal of moving 50% of all cargo leaving the ports by rail.

Targets for reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) from port-related sources to combat global warming and climate change are a new element of the 2017 CAAP.

The document calls for the ports to reduce GHGs 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

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