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Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles roll out zero-emission goal for ports

Release Date: 2017-06-13

Yesterday I was proud to stand with Mayor Eric Garcetti to pledge to make the twin ports of the San Pedro Bay global models for cleaner air, sustainability and innovation. We also reaffirmed our commitment to adopting the Paris Climate Agreement goals and highlighted our two ports' critical role in achieving them.

We signed a joint declaration that sets ambitious goals for the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to make the transition to zero emissions in the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). CAAP will include new investments in clean technology, expanding at-berth emission reductions, and launching a zero emissions drayage truck pilot program in the next few years.

The two ports are the largest in America, with $398 billion of economic activity every year. It is crucial that we double down on our commitment to combatting climate change by achieving zero emissions goals through the CAAP. Over the last several years we have proven that you don’t have to choose between the environment and the economy; you can improve both at the same time. Since 2006, the CAAP has led to dramatic emissions reductions—even as trade volume has increased 7%.

Our ports are expected to release a detailed timeline and process for CAAP within weeks and adopt the complete the plan by November.

We also launched the Green Ports Collaborative, a new initiative led by the Climate Mayors. The program will bring cities and ports together—first along the West Coast, and then across America—to create shared environmental standards, demonstrate future demand for zero emissions equipment and trucks, work with manufacturers to produce the vehicles and technologies needed, and take other collaborative action to green ports across the country.
Long Beach is also working on the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan that will create a city-wide inventory of greenhouse gases and set targets for reduction to take a scientific approach to improving our environment, while continuing to reduce emissions by expanding solar energy on city facilities and rethinking mobility.

I want to thank our Harbor Commissioners and our Port CEO Mario Cordero for their leadership. I'm proud of the work we are doing to protect our environment, and I plan to continue to find ways to improve the air we breathe in our city.

Go Long Beach,

Mayor Robert Garcia