Clean Air Programs

The Port is proud to play a leadership role in promoting clean air strategies and environmental stewardship in California, across the U.S. and around the world.


The Port of Los Angeles is the birthplace of numerous clean air initiatives and strategies that are now mandatory in California and gaining momentum around the globe. The Port has also played a leadership role in advancing sustainable industry practices worldwide by collaborating with numerous ports, government agencies and international trade organizations. The Port’s proactive initiatives include:

  • Promoting clean air measures ahead of state and international regulations
  • Sharing Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) expertise
  • Partnering with ports in Asia and around the world on multiple clean air programs

Watch the video to learn more about the programs and projects the Port has successfully implemented to better our air quality and communities.

Promoting Clean Air Measures and Practices Ahead of Regulations

The Port has an extensive track record of promoting clean air programs and practices long before they are required. In California, which has some of world’s highest environmental standards, the Port launched a number of air pollution reduction programs now mandated by state law. They include an early incentive program for ships near the Port to run on low-sulfur fuel, cleaner trucks under the Clean Truck Program, and AMP or shore power for reducing at-berth vessel emissions. The Port’s early action also provided real experience used to develop regulations.

Played a Pivotal Role in Developing a Global Standard for AMP Infrastructure

As the world’s first seaport to plug a container ship at berth into shore-side electricity, the Port has worked closely with scientists, engineers, terminal operators and shipping lines to expand its AMP program and share its experience and technical expertise with ports around the world. The Port also played a pivotal role in developing a global uniform standard for AMP infrastructure and making shore power capability a more commercially viable option for ocean carriers investing in new vessels.

Fostering Groundbreaking Environmental Programs with Ports in Asia

The Port is America’s No. 1 trade gateway, with 93% of the goods crossing its docks coming from or heading to Asia. As such, the Port has longstanding relationships with Pacific Rim ports and has collaborated with its counterparts on environmental initiatives for years. Early milestones include agreements with the Port of Shanghai in 2005 and the Port of Guangzhou in 2006. These helped set the stage for the 2006 formation of the Pacific Ports Clean Air Collaborative, a larger initiative launched in Los Angeles and sponsored by the Port, the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Maritime Administration. Other Port activities include participation in a U.S. EPA global initiative to reduce harmful pollution from ships. Under that program, the Port is sharing vessel emissions inventory strategies with its counterparts in China.

Advancing High-level U.S.-China Environmental Collaboration

At the highest levels of government, the U.S. and China have been working together to advance sustainable practices under the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (SED) since 2006. Under SED, the ports of Los Angeles and Shanghai signed a formal EcoPartnership in 2014 to exchange technical expertise and best practices to expand the use of shore power at the Port of Shanghai and accelerate clean air gains at both ports.

Co-founding and Fostering the World Ports Climate Initiative

The Port of Los Angeles is a founding member of the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI), a project of the International Association of Ports and Harbor (IAPH) dedicated to improving air quality and combating climate change by promoting programs and practices that reduce greenhouse gases (GHG). WPCI was formally launched in November 2008 at a meeting of the IAPH Port Environment Committee hosted by the Port. The Port led the international team that developed WPCI’s program for ports to track their carbon footprint and develop targeted strategies for reducing GHG emissions. The Port has also played a key role in other WPCI projects, including developing guidelines for ports on the use of liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel.