Destination Zero

The Port is committed to eliminating pollution from all port-related operations by advancing zero emission technologies and expanding related infrastructure.


The Port of Los Angeles is committed to finding new ways to reduce harmful emissions from ships, trains, trucks, harbor craft and cargo handling equipment. With the ultimate goal of eliminating all pollution from port-related operations, the Port supports testing emerging technologies to bring emissions down to zero. A zero emission port will mean:

  • Improving local and regional air quality
  • Using clean energy, fuels and technology to power a major economic engine
  • Growing the green economy


Improving the Health of Local Communities and Southern California

The Port of Los Angeles is a major industrial hub adjacent to the communities of San Pedro and Wilmington, home to more than 400,000 people. Emissions associated with port operations also impact the larger South Coast Air Basin, home to more than 16.8 million people. While the Port has made dramatic gains in reducing harmful emissions from all sources involved in moving cargo across its docks, its ultimate goal is to eliminate all port-related pollution. To get there, the Port actively supports the development and demonstration of zero emission technologies.

Targeting All Pollution Associated with the Nation’s No. 1 Container Port

On an ongoing basis, the Port partners with vehicle and engine manufacturers, scientists and supply chain members – shipping lines, terminal operators, trucking companies, the railroads and others – to test promising clean technology, systems and practices. Examples include testing electric heavy-duty on-road trucks built by Transportation Power Inc. (TransPower), battery-electric heavy-duty trucks built by U.S. Hybrid Corp., and the newest model of a heavy-duty electric truck built by Balqon Corp., which run on lithium-ion batteries. The Port is also testing electric plug-in yard tractors. All demonstrations are done in and around working terminals.

Encouraging Industry Initiatives

Collaboration is essential to bringing all port-related emissions down to zero. Many of the Port’s partners have their own environmental programs. They include terminal operators using electric cranes for loading and discharging ships, hybrid and electric yard cranes – rubber tire and rail-mounted – for staging and stacking containers, and alternative systems for capturing emissions from ships at berth that cannot plug into shore-side electricity. New initiatives at the Port include the $26.6 million Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project, a full-scale real-time test of zero and near-zero emission technologies at the multipurpose terminal run by Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals L.P.

Growing the Green Economy

Southern California is a design, research and development, innovation and engineering hub for next-generation transportation solutions. By supporting the development of zero emission trucks, buses, renewable energy systems and smart technology, the Port is accelerating their entry into the marketplace and helping to spur jobs and economic growth built on a healthier ways of living and doing business. In addition to aggressively pursuing its own clean air strategies, the Port is active in PortTech Los Angeles, an innovation and commercialization center dedicated to creating sustainable businesses for ports and the goods movement industry. Other Port partnerships include the Advanced Transportation Center of Southern California.