The neighbouring southern California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Monday released the final version of their 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update.
It has taken two years for staff from both these San Pedro Bay ports – in consultation with a plethora of interested parties from industry, government and the local community – to develop this update, which offers strategies to reduce air pollution generated by port activities.
The draft version of the update was released in July and this final version incorporates changes from the subsequent period of formal public comment.
It is scheduled to be considered for approval at a joint public meeting of the two ports’ harbour commissions on November 2.
From the draft version it is already known that the CAAP will include setting a target of near-zero emissions by 2035 at the latest.
Since the original CAAP in 2006, the port complex has drastically improved air quality in the vicinity by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through changes in practices, improved technology and other means.
Los Angeles and Long Beach are respectively the busiest and second-busiest ports in America by container volume.