Clean Air Technologies Sought for Port Equipment
The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach and are offering seed
money to foster the development of new goods-movement technologies that
improve air quality.
The funding is part of the ports’ Technology Advancement Program, or TAP. This
year’s 2018 Call for Projects requests concept papers for a variety of projects
that have the potential to reduce emissions, including diesel particulate matter,
nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and greenhouse gases. Projects for vessels,
trucks, trains, terminal equipment and harbor craft that warrant further
consideration will be invited later to submit a full proposal. Concept papers are
due Tuesday, May 22.
Since 2007, the Ports have distributed over $21 million in funds to advance the
commercial availability of technology that will help lower health risks posed by air
pollution from ships, trucks, harbor craft, cargo handling equipment and rail
locomotives serving the Ports.
The TAP was created by the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP),
adopted in 2006. The CAAP, a landmark effort aimed at lowering health risks
from air pollution, was updated last November. The update calls for even more
aggressive strategies to reduce pollution and greenhouse gases and to ultimately
transition to zero emissions operations over the next 20 years.
Compared to 2005 levels, port-related air pollution emissions in San Pedro Bay
have dropped 87 percent for diesel particulate matter, 56 percent for nitrogen
oxides, and 97 percent for sulfur oxides. Targets for reducing greenhouse gases
(GHGs) from port-related sources were introduced as part of the 2017 CAAP
Update. The document calls for the ports to reduce GHGs 40 percent below 1990
levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
For more information, go to www.cleanairactionplan.org.
The Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach are the two largest ports in the
nation, first and second respectively, and combined are the tenth-largest port
complex in the world. The two ports handle nearly 40 percent of the nation’s total
containerized import traffic and 25 percent of its total exports. Trade that flows
through the San Pedro Bay ports complex generates more than 3 million jobs