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San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP)


Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP)On November 20, 2006, the governing boards of the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach voted to approve the landmark San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, the most comprehensive strategy to cut air pollution and reduce health risks ever produced for a global seaport complex. The historic vote committed the ports to an aggressive plan to reduce pollution by at least 45 percent within five years. In moving ahead with the plan, commissioners approved amendments directing staff to develop:

  • A truck replacement program to phase out all “dirty” diesel trucks from the ports within five years, replaced with a new generation of clean or retrofitted vehicles and driven by people who earn at least the prevailing wage. (View more information on Clean Truck Program.)
  • Aggressive milestones with measurable goals for air quality improvements. (View 2010 Air Emissions Inventory Report.)
  • Recommendations to eliminate emissions of ultra-fine particulates.
  • A technology advancement program to reduce emissions, including green house gases.
  • A public participation process with environmental organizations and the business community.

The five-year, $2-billion Clean Air Action Plan was created with the cooperation and participation of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, California Air Resources Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with investments by the two ports for air quality programs, extensive use of ship-to-shore electricity at the ports within five years, a commitment to use pollution-based impact fees pollution-based impact fees so that polluters pay their part to improve air quality.

In four years, the Port of Los Angeles has made significant progress toward meeting its emission reduction goals. (View 2005-2010 Air Quality Report Card.)

For more information, visit www.cleanairactionplan.org.

2006 CAAP Supplemental Information
2006 CAAP Overview (3.23 MB)
2006 CAAP Technical Report (2.28 MB)
2006 CAAP Public Comments Compendium (5.42 MB)
2006 CAAP Tenant Briefing (1.81 MB)
2006 CAAP Fact Sheet (146 KB)
2006 CAAP Questions and Answers (142 KB)
2006 CAAP Joint Board Statement (18.2 KB)
2006 CAAP translated in Chinese (Mandarin) Overview (9.66 MB)
2006 CAAP translated in Japanese (Nihongo) Overview (9.79 MB)
2006 CAAP translated in Korean (Hangul) Overview 6.51 (MB)
2006 CAAP translated in Spanish (Español) Overview (9.46 MB)
San Pedro Bay Ports CAAP Joint Board Meeting Video (November 20, 2006)

2010 CAAP Update

2010 CAAP UpdateOn April 7, 2010, the Ports of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach released for public review a proposed, updated document, the 2010 San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP Update) that includes new, far-reaching goals for curbing port-related air pollution over the next decade.

The focus areas of the Draft CAAP Update remain the same as the original CAAP. The CAAP Update includes information on the ports’ overall progress in implementing the original CAAP strategies, as well as updates based on changes in federal and state regulations. The most significant addition to the Draft CAAP Update is the San Pedro Bay Standards, which establish long-term goals for emissions and health-risk reductions for the ports. Also, the Draft CAAP Update identifies milestone dates and forecasts potential emissions reductions and budget commitments for the next five years, through the end of 2013. Finally, the CAAP Update is consistent with the ports' pledge in the original CAAP that the plan would be updated periodically to make sure it remains current and forward-thinking.

The Clean Air Action Plan’s goals for 2014 include cutting Port-related DPM emissions by 72 percent, NOx emissions by 22 percent, and SOx emissions by 93 percent below 2005 levels. Further decreases including reducing the population-weighted residential cancer risk of port-related DPM emissions by 85% are targeted by 2020. The CAAP goals are closely tied into the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s plan to meet federal air quality standards.

The Los Angeles and Long Beach Boards of Harbor Commissioners unanimously adopted the 2010 CAAP Update on November 22, 2010.

For more information, visit www.cleanairactionplan.org.

2010 CAAP Update Supplemental Information
2010 CAAP Update with Appendices Attached
2010 CAAP Update
2010 CAAP Update - Technical Report Appendix A: San Pedro Bay Ports Emissions Forecasting Methodology and Results
2010 CAAP Update - Technical Report Appendix B: Final Bay-Wide Regional Human Health Risk Assessment Tool for Diesel Exhaust Particulate Matter (DPM)
2010 CAAP Update Appendix C: Analysis of Original CAAP Progress Metrics
2010 CAAP Update - Fact Sheet
2010 CAAP Update - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Draft 2010 CAAP Update Public Workshop Presentation - Stakeholder Meeting (April 7, 2010)
2005-2010 Air Quality Report Card
2010 Inventory of Air Emissions Report


2017 CAAP Discussion Document

2017 CAAP Discussion DocumentOn November 11, 2016, the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach released the 2017 San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Discussion Document. Developed over the past year, the Discussion Document outlines the ports’ plans for expanding the aggressive strategies that have succeeded in dramatically reducing air pollution from port-related sources over the last decade. Highlights of the Discussion Document include the implementation of a path toward zero emissions, the next iteration of the Clean Truck Program, and innovative strategies to encourage the deployment of cleaner ships. The ports developed the proposals with input from industry, regulatory, community and environmental stakeholders. Building on the success of the original plan and a 2010 update, the new iteration of the CAAP will contain a comprehensive set of near-term and long-term strategies to help the region achieve its clean air goals, support the statewide vision for more sustainable freight, and set a new goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through 2050.

According to the latest annual inventories released in 2016, the two ports’ comprehensive clean air programs have reduced diesel particulate matter (DPM) up to 85 percent, cut nitrogen oxides (NOx) in half, eliminated 97 percent of sulfur oxides (SOx), and shrunk GHG an average of 12 percent. The results reflect the ports’ combined clean air progress in collaboration with industry, regulatory, community and environmental partners since 2005, according to 2015 annual inventories.

The results also show the ports continue to exceed their 2023 targets for reducing DPM and SOx (77 percent and 93 percent respectively) and are closing in on their 2023 target of reducing NOx emissions 59 percent. (View 2005-2015 Air Quality Report Card.)

For more information, visit www.cleanairactionplan.org.

The governing boards of the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach will hold a joint public meeting Nov. 17 to discuss proposals for updating the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). The meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Port of Long Beach Maintenance Facility, 725 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach, 90802. The meeting will also be broadcast live online at www.portoflosangeles.org and www.polb.com. During the proceedings, port officials will recognize the 10th anniversary of the pioneering clean air plan, adopted in November 2006. The public review and comment process extends through Feb. 17, 2017. During this period, written comments can be submitted to caap@cleanairactionplan.org. The ports plan to release a draft of the 2017 CAAP Update for final review and consideration by their governing boards early next year.

2017 CAAP Update Supplemental Information
2017 CAAP DRAFT Discussion Document
2017 CAAP Fact Sheet


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