The governing boards of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach unanimously approved the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update, ushering in a new era of aggressive clean air strategies for moving cargo through the nation’s busiest container port complex. The initiatives includes:
- Capture up to 100% of vessel at-berth emissions by 2030
- Modify Vessel Speed Reduction Program to maximize participation to 40 nm
- Incentivize energy-efficiency improvements and use of cleaner technologies
- Impose differential rate system to incentivize new, cleaner vessels
- Require terminal operators to deploy zero-emission equipment, if feasible, or the cleanest equipment available when procuring new cargo-handling equipment, with the goal of transitioning all terminal equipment to zero emissions by 2030.
- Identifying clean engine milestones for new trucks entering the port drayage registries and creating a rate structure and incentives that encourage faster turnover to near-zero and zero-emission trucks, with the goal of transitioning to a zero-emission on-road drayage fleet by 2035.
- Expanding use of on-dock rail, with the long-term goal of moving 50 percent of all cargo leaving the ports by rail.