Accelerating Clean Technology

The Port is a leader in advancing new technologies and green practices to run a cleaner, healthier operation.


What is the Technology Advancement Program?

The Technology Advancement Program (TAP) is a key component of the Clean Air Action Plan. TAP grants defray the cost of testing new and emerging clean technologies, with the goal of accelerating their entry into the market so the entire industry has cleaner vehicles and equipment for moving cargo. TAP’s benefits include:

  • Identifying promising clean technology
  • Helping to fund demonstration projects
  • Accelerating government approval and market availability to industry


Identify, Evaluate and Demonstrate New and Emerging Technologies

The Port of Los Angeles, in partnership with the Port of Long Beach, created the TAP to identify, evaluate and demonstrate new and emerging technologies for reducing emissions from ships, trains, trucks, harbor craft and cargo handling equipment in the port industry. The goal is to accelerate government approval and commercial availability of innovative technology for a greener maritime industry. Applicants for TAP funding must show their projects have a high probability of reducing emissions of key pollutants and are likely to earn verification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) confirming the technology achieves its stated pollution control goals. Projects must also show a strong business case for their commercial success.

Promising projects that reduce emissions from all port-related sources are eligible for TAP grants, however zero-emissions and ship pollution reduction technologies are top priorities. Additional consideration is also given to technologies that reduce GHG and ultrafine particles. Every year, each port allocates up to $1.5 million in TAP grants. Developers must fund at least half of the project to be considered for TAP grants.

More than $7.8 Million Invested in Innovative Technologies for the San Pedro Ports

To date, the two ports have invested more than $7.8 million in TAP projects. Success stories include the world’s first hybrid tugboat, heavy-duty truck engines that run on natural gas, and emissions capture systems for ships that cannot plug into electricity while at berth. Ongoing demonstration projects include zero-emission electric-battery heavy-duty trucks and related onboard charging systems.

The TAP Advisory Committee oversees project approval and testing. The committee is made up of staff from the Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, South Coast Air Quality Management District, CARB, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Those agencies, along with the California Energy Commission, have also funded TAP projects. By the end of 2015, support for TAP projects from all six agencies totaled more than $34.3 million since the program began.