Are the Port of LA and Long Beach drayage emissions goals realistic?

The vehicles and technology necessary to drastically reduce emissions over the next 15 years at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are or will be available, according to a feasibility assessment gauging the plausibility the Port’s goals conducted by the consulting firm Tetratech. 

The Port of LA already has public goals of reaching zero-emissions port equipment by 2030 and zero-emissions trucks by 2035. The necessary steps to reach those goals were released in 2017 in an update to the Port’s Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), first published in 2006. The report released this week details which low or no emissions drayage equipment is ready for implementation today or will be in the near term (defined as 2018-2021).

A new CAAP feasibility assessment will be released every three years. “It is important to repeatedly stress that this 2018 Feasibility Assessment for Drayage Trucks represents a snapshot in time. The technology and economic landscapes for clean heavy-duty transportation technologies can change rapidly,” explained the report. 

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