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Port of Long Beach debuts America’s largest zero-emissions pilot project

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) announced today that it is launching the US’s largest zero-emissions pilot project thanks to a $9.7mgrant it received from the California Energy Commission (CEC). Southern California Edison (SCE) and CEC have partnered with the port to convert existing equipment into electric powered kit.

Both Long Beach and neightbouring Los Angeles port have already committed to switching all their terminal equipment to zero emissions by 2030.

“This project is another example of the goods movement industry, equipment builders, utilities and public agencies stepping up to reach for the goal of zero emissions,” said Mario Cordero, POLB executive director, while unveiling the pilot project to the press.

The project will bring 25 zero-emission vehicles to the port for one year to test their performance while nine diesel-electric rubber-tire gantry cranes will be converted into fully electric equipment, among other initiatives announced.

The switch to zero-emissions equipment is expected to save more than 270,000 gallons of diesel and cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 13,000 tons.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Where does the electrical current from? Coal, LNG? Then you save diesel, but….No emissions? Or do we now prefer nuclear power to avoid GHG?

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