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  October 29th, 2015 | Written by

Port of Long Beach Says it Has Surpassed Air Pollution Reduction Milestones

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  • POLB has reduced diesel particulates by 85 percent, nitrogen oxides by 50 percent, and sulfur oxides by 97 percent.
  • 91 percent of trucks that serve port of Long Beach terminals are diesel-fueled.
  • The port of Long Beach prohibits trucks older than model year 2007 from entering the complex.

The Port of Long Beach announced this month that it has surpassed every air pollution reduction milestone set for 2014 due to air quality improvement programs, including cleaner diesel trucks, low sulfur fuel, and the increased use of shore power for ships.

According to an annual emissions survey, the port has reduced diesel particulates by 85 percent since 2005, nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 50 percent and sulfur oxides by 97 percent.  These reductions surpassed the goals established under the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, according to Long Beach port and community officials.

“The Port of Long Beach has shown that accelerating investments in new technology clean diesel trucks has propelled the port to both environmental and economic gains,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “It also lays the foundation for continued progress toward future goals.”

“Mayor Robert Garcia and leadership at the Port of Long Beach are to be recognized for the successful implementation of several emissions reduction programs that allowed them to exceed their air quality goals,” Schaeffer added. “These major air quality improvements highlight how the integration of clean diesel trucks, cleaner fuel, electric shore power for ships, and other programs can result in significant reductions in emissions.”

According to the port’s 2014 emissions inventory, 91 percent of trucks that serve the port’s terminals are diesel-fueled vehicles. Alternative fuel trucks, primarily those fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), made approximately 8.2 percent of the terminal calls in 2014, according to the Port’s Clean Trucks Program (activity records and the Port Drayage Truck Registry.

The port prohibits trucks older than model year 2007 from entering the complex and requires that trucks register with the port. According to the dray truck registry, about 60 percent of the 16,887 registered trucks entering the port are from model years 2007 to 2009.

“Because more than 95 percent of all heavy-duty trucks in the U.S. are diesel-powered, as are a majority of medium-duty trucks, the advancements in diesel technology can play a major role in producing immediate air quality improvements,” Schaeffer said.  “Over the last 10 years, emissions from heavy-duty diesel trucks, buses and other vehicles have been reduced by 99 percent for nitrogen oxides and 98 percent for particulate emissions.”

The Port of Long Beach remains the greenest port in the world, reducing emissions while increasing economic activity,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. “The port’s consistent commitment to sustainability and our environment should be celebrated.”