Draft Document Outlines Near-Term Plan for
Expanded Testing and Development of Zero Emission Vehicles;
Public Workshop to be Held July 29

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — July 13, 2015 — The Port of Los Angeles has issued a draft white paper on zero emission technology that details the Port’s testing of zero emissions technology to date, and its proposed near-term plan for encouraging zero emission technology use in maritime goods movement, particularly as it relates to drayage trucks and yard tractors. By 2020, the Port plans to facilitate testing and development of up to 200 zero emission vehicles.

“While we’ve made great strides in reducing emissions and greenhouse gas emissions over the last decade, the Port of Los Angeles continues to look for new opportunities to further cut pollutants, especially greenhouse gas,” said Chris Cannon, Chief Sustainability Officer and Director of Environmental Management at the Port. “We think zero emission technology in key operational sectors has strong potential to help us achieve these reductions.”
Developed by the Port’s environmental management team the draft white paper outlines next steps regarding current and planned zero emission demonstration projects. It also includes recommendations for zero emission-related infrastructure planning, as well as strategies for pursuing local, state and federal funding for near-term zero emission equipment testing and for long-term capital investments and operations.

The Port is seeking public input and comment before finalizing the document. To gather public input and suggestions, the Port of Los Angeles will host a public workshop on Wednesday, July 29, at 3 p.m. at Banning’s Landing Community Center.  The public can also view the draft document on the Port’s website and submit comments to ZEwhitepaper@portla.org .  The Port will be accepting public comment through Friday, August 7 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit Southern California’s economy and quality of life. As North America’s leading seaport in terms by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $290 billion in trade during 2014. Port operations and commerce facilitate more than 148,000 jobs (about one in 12) in the City of Los Angeles and 531,000 jobs (or one in 16) in the five-county Southern California region. The San Pedro Bay Ports support more than 1 million California jobs and 3.1 million nationwide.