Although significant emissions reductions have been achieved under the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach (San Pedro Bay Ports) continue to place great emphasis on green development, including a particular focus on zero-emissions technologies. Fostering the development of zero-emissions technologies is a key component of the Ports’ plans to achieve their voluntary air quality goals that will also help to greatly reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions.
Technology Advancement Program
The San Pedro Bay Ports have taken a proactive role in providing funds for various proposed emission-reduction projects through the Technology Advancement Program (TAP). The Ports’ TAP functions to accelerate the verification or commercial availability of clean technologies in the port market through evaluation and demonstration with the goal of reducing emissions. Successful TAP projects may potentially be utilized as new control measures or alternatives to existing strategies already outlined in the CAAP, or as additional mitigation options for new projects. Annual reports on TAP projects along with more information on the TAP can be found on the CAAP website.
Current Demonstration Projects
The ports are an excellent testing ground for zero emissions equipment. Equipment used at the ports work long hours under harsh conditions. Zero emissions equipment that can be successfully demonstrated under port conditions are likely to have greater success in other industries. To encourage the deployment and commercialization of zero emissions technology, the Port of Los Angeles has partnered with various stakeholders including agencies, original equipment manufacturers, and equipment owners/operators on zero emissions demonstration projects.
Green Omni Terminal Project at Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals
The Green Omni Terminal project serves as the first step in transitioning the Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals to a zero-emissions terminal and encouraging the development of sustainable movement of goods throughout the southern California region. The project, primarily funded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), will demonstrate a suite of different technologies to model a path towards a clean omni-terminal.
Zero- and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF): Shore-to-Store Project
This ZANZEFF project provides a large-scale “shore-to-store” plan and a hydrogen fuel-cell-electric technology framework for freight facilities to structure operations for future goods movement. The ZANZEFF project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment.
Advanced Yard Tractor Deployment and Eco-FRATIS Drayage Truck Efficiency
The Advanced Yard Tractor Deployment and Eco-FRATIS Drayage Truck Efficiency Project, funded in partnership with the California Energy Commission (CEC), will enhance market acceptance of advanced vehicle and information technology in yard tractors and drayage truck applications that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce petroleum use, improve energy cost savings and benefit disadvantaged communities.
Everport Advanced Cargo Handling Demonstration Project
This project expands on the Advanced Yard Tractor Deployment and Eco-FRATIS Drayage Truck Efficiency project of zero emissions goods movement technologies by taking the next step toward implementation of a zero emissions pathway for loading and unloading cargo throughout an entire marine container terminal. This project, funded primarily by the CEC, builds on the technologies and ideas demonstrated under the Advanced Yard Tractor Deployment.
Zero Emission Freight Vehicle Advanced Infrastructure Demonstration (AID) Project
The AID project expands on existing demonstrations of zero emissions goods movement technologies at our West Basin Container Terminals by taking the next step toward implementation of a zero emission cargo pathway throughout an entire marine container terminal. This project, funded primarily by the CEC, focuses on the infrastructure needed to support zero emissions equipment.
Port of Los Angeles Launches Fund to Help Transition to Zero Emissions
On April 1, 2022, the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach debuted a new Clean Truck Fund, a major initiative designed to help incentivize the development and deployment of zero-emission (ZE) trucks and infrastructure at the ports. Approximately $90 million is expected to be collected the first year, moving the San Pedro Bay port complex toward a goal of being serviced by a 100% zero-emission drayage truck fleet by 2035.
The San Pedro Bay Ports have authored several papers and studies on the development and deployment of zero emissions technology and feasibility assessments that review the current state of the technology.