LA & Long Beach approve CAAP update

Port of Long Beach Targets for reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) at the ports of Long Beach (pictured) and Los Angeles to combat global warming and climate change are a new element of the 2017 CAAP

The governing boards of Los Angeles and Long Beach ports have approved the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update.

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, which has an estimated implementation  cost of 47-14bn. The document calls for the Californian ports to reduce GHGs 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

“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 Los Angeles 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…”

2023 emissions targets

The GHG targets add to the ports’ existing goals for reducing diesel particulate matter (DPM), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur oxides (SOx). By 2023, the ports aim to cut emissions of DPM 77%, NOx%, and SOx 93% below 2005 levels. Intensifying efforts to reduce GHGs is expected to further lower DPM, NOx and SOx emissions.

The ports plan to expand their Technology Advancement Program (TAP) to include technologies and approaches that help meet their new goals for reducing GHGs. TAP has been successful in demonstrating cutting-edge emissions reduction technology, with many projects resulting in commercial deployment throughout the complex today, stated the ports.

Other new initiatives include investments in clean technology, expanded use of alternatives for reducing at-berth ship emissions and a demonstration of up to 100 zero-emission trucks in the next few years.

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