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LA, Long Beach to consider approving Clean Air Action Plan Update in November

17 Oct 2017 11:35 GMT

Document would guide emissions reduction strategies for the next 20 years.



The governing boards of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are due to hold a joint public meeting on November 2 to consider approving the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) 2017 Update, which contains strategies to further reduce air emissions and support the state's vision for more sustainable freight movement.

Environmental teams from both ports have developed the update over the last two years, incorporating input from dozens of meetings with industry, regulatory, community and environmental stakeholders.

The CAAP, adopted in 2006, was intended to be periodically updated. The first update was approved in 2010. The CAAP 2017 Update aims to reduce emissions from all sources that move cargo, including through the expansion of programs that reduce ship pollution.

The updated marine fuel-related strategies are:

- Update the Vessel Speed Reduction Program.

- Expand the use of state-approved alternative technologies to reduce at-berth emissions.

- Encourage clean technology upgrades on ships to attract the cleanest vessels to the San Pedro Bay ports.

- Develop infrastructure plans to support alternative fuels and other energy resource goals.

According to the latest annual inventories, the two ports' clean air programs since 2005 have eliminated 87 percent of diesel particulate matter, cut nitrogen oxides by 56 percent, reduced sulfur oxides by 97 percent and decreased greenhouse gases more than 18 percent.

The Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach are the two largest ports in the United States, first and second respectively, and combined are the ninth-largest port complex in the world. The two ports handle approximately 40 percent of the nation's total containerized import traffic and 25 percent of its total exports.

The November 2 meeting is to be held at 8:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel, San Pedro. It will also be broadcast live online at polb.com/webcast and portoflosanangeles.org.


Image: Evergreen cargo ship Ever Logic at the port of Los Angeles. Image credit: Feddacheenee/Wikimedia Commons




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