Long Beach to Pursue Zero-Emissions Supply Chain


The Port of Long Beach has received preliminary approval for a USD $50 million grant from the California Air Resources Board, to begin demonstrating a near-zero-emissions supply chain.

As part of the Sustainable Terminals Accelerating Regional Transformation (START) Project, nearly 100 pieces of zero-emissions terminal equipment and trucks will be used at three California seaports, including Long Beach.

Other initiatives taking place, under the banner of START, include the development of a near-zero emissions tugboat, as well as advance workforce development programs to support sustainable goods movement. 

Daniel Mahr discusses how renewable energy might be used to handle bulk in a recent Port Technology technical paper

The START Project is part of California Climate Investments, a state-wide initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen the economy.

Long Beach equipment funded by START includes 33 zero-emissions yard tractors and one top handler at Pier C, marking one of the nation’s largest deployments of zero-emissions equipment at a single terminal.

Tracy Egoscue, President of The Board of Harbour Commissioners, commented on the grant: “This project accelerates the commercialization for the technology we need to get there, incorporating seaports, terminal operators, equipment manufacturers, schools and universities from all around the state.



“The Harbour Commission is very thankful to the California Air Resources Board for seeing the potential in this project.”

Mario Cordero, Port of Long Beach Executive Director, said: “The prominent role the Port of Long Beach plays in the national economy puts us in the unique position to lead large sustainability efforts such as this that would not be possible elsewhere.

“This will help get us to the green future that we all know is necessary if we want to continue to grow our business, and it's the right thing to do for our communities.”

The project will be completed by June 2021 and includes $52 million in matching funds from private and public partners for a total cost of $102 million.

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