Ports to present rate proposal that Harbor Commissions will consider
The workshop will be webcast live on Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. at www.polb.com/webcast
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will host a public workshop on Dec. 18 to present a proposed rate structure that would help to accelerate the conversion of the San Pedro Bay truck fleet to cleaner, less-polluting models.
The workshop for the Clean Truck Program Rate will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 18, in the Bob Foster Civic Chambers at Long Beach City Hall, 411 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach 90802. There is no visitor parking onsite. For information on public parking nearby, click here.
As part of the 2017 CAAP Update, the Ports committed to update the landmark Clean Truck programs, which continue to serve as models for more sustainable goods movement by transitioning to the cleanest trucks for movement of containers to and from marine terminals.
As stated in the 2017 CAAP Update, a future proposed action includes implementation of a rate in 2020 on trucks hauling loaded containers to enter or exit the marine terminals, with possible rebates for trucks that meet near-zero or zero-emissions. The ports held a workshop in August to update stakeholders and solicit their input on development of the rate. The Dec. 18 workshop will include a staff presentation on the proposed rate and a timeline of consideration. The Clean Trucks Fund Rate Study and Rate Proposal will be posted to the Clean Air Action Plan website prior to the workshop.
The 2017 CAAP Update contains a comprehensive strategy for accelerating progress toward a zero-emissions future while protecting and strengthening the Ports’ competitive position in the global economy. Since 2005, thanks to the logistics industry’s efforts to reduce air pollution, port-related emissions in San Pedro Bay have dropped 87% for diesel particulate matter, 58% for nitrogen oxides and 97% for sulfur oxides. New targets for reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) from port-related sources were introduced as part of the 2017 CAAP. The document calls for the ports to reduce GHGs to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. The CAAP was originally approved in 2006.
For more information, visit 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 ninth-largest port complex in the world. The two ports handle nearly 40% of the nation’s total containerized import traffic and 25% of its total exports. Trade that flows through the San Pedro Bay ports complex generates more than 3 million jobs nationwide.