MAYOR GARCETTI ANNOUNCES NEW ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO LEAD SUSTAINABLE GROWTH AT THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES
The 10-member Sustainable Freight Advisory Committee will work to advance sustainable policy and expand the use of zero-emission technology at the largest container port in the nation.
LOS ANGELES—July 12, 2016—Mayor Eric Garcetti has appointed a new advisory board to help reduce carbon emissions and guide sustainable growth at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA).
The 10-member Sustainable Freight Advisory Committee — a diverse collection of environmental, labor, industry, government, and community leaders — will work to advance sustainable policy and expand the use of zero-emission technology at the largest container port in the nation.
“The Port of Los Angeles is the beating heart of our economy — it should also be a model for how we can balance growth with environmental stewardship to build a sustainable future,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Sustainable Freight Advisory Committee will guide the investments we’re making to green our Port, and help us cut our emissions to zero.”
The committee’s work will help advance Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn, which sets a goal of increasing the percentage of goods-movement trips that use zero-emission technologies to at least 15 percent by 2025. The committee will frame its work around the recently released California Sustainable Freight Action Plan, a comprehensive blueprint for moving California’s freight system toward a more efficient and competitive future.
“Through the Port’s Clean Air Action Plan and other successful initiatives, we’ve made great progress in partnership with our stakeholders, resulting in unprecedented emissions reductions,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “With this new advisory committee and its high level of expertise, we are raising the bar even higher for cleaner goods movement and efficiency.”
The Sustainable Freight Advisory Committee is just one of several current Port initiatives focused on sustainability. In June, the Port announced the Pasha Green Omni Terminal Project, a $26 million terminal operated by Pasha that will pilot various zero and near-zero emissions goods movement technologies.
When complete, the terminal — funded in part by a $14.5 million California Climate Investments grant from the California Air Resources Board — will be the first in the world capable of generating its own renewable energy for emergency use. The terminal will also integrate a fleet of new and retrofitted zero-emission electric vehicles and cargo-handling equipment into its operation, and test the latest technology for capturing ship emissions from vessels that are unable to plug into shore power.
The Port also recently announced a series of grants to test zero and near-zero emission trucks and goods movement technologies. These include a $5.8 million California Energy Commission grant to test 20 near-zero natural gas-powered (LNG) tractors and five zero-emission plug-in battery yard tractors at the Everport Container Terminal.The new Sustainable Freight Advisory Committee will work with the Port to explore additional sustainability efforts throughout the Harbor in the coming months. The full list of committee members includes:
- Louis Dominguez, San Pedro Resident and Chair of the Port and Environment Committee, Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council
- Michelle Grubbs, Vice President, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association
- James Jack, Executive Director, Coalition for Responsible Transportation
- Joe Lyou, President & CEO, Coalition for Clean Air and Governor’s Appointee to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Governing Board
- Adrian Martinez, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice
- Cynthia Marvin, Assistant Division Chief, California Air Resources Board (CARB)
- Matt Miyasato, Deputy Executive Officer, Technology Advancement Office, South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD)
- Peter Peyton, Former President, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Marine Clerks Association of Los Angeles & Long Beach
- Jonathan Rosenthal, Co-Portfolio Manager, Saybrook Capital
- Elizabeth Warren, Executive Director, Future Ports
What is an EIS/EIR?
For any planned development in California (i.e., a new apartment building, a new shopping mall, or in the Port’s case, a new terminal), developers must follow a protocol of analysis and public disclosure of environmental impacts that the proposed development could have and adopt all feasible measures to mitigate those impacts.
This protocol is part of the federally mandated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the state version of this law, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which makes environmental protection a required part of new development projects, unless a project falls under certain exemptions.
The project applicant, or developer, must identify mitigation measures and project alternatives to reduce the environmental impact of their project. This report is called an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for NEPA and an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for CEQA. If a project falls under both the jurisdiction of NEPA and CEQA, then a joint EIR/EIS will often be developed. There are many different environmental resource factors that must be analyzed as part of an EIS/EIR, one of which is air quality. A federal, state, or local agency, depending on jurisdiction, will review a project’s EIS/EIR. In the Port’s case, the lead agency is the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. A joint EIS/EIR will be approved if it contains feasible mitigation measures and the environmentally superior alternative(s).
Once a project is approved by the leading agency per the requirements, the project applicant must meet the mitigation requirements that have been laid out in theEIS/EIR.
You can read more about CEQA on the California Natural Resources Agency website.