Mayor of Los Angeles calls for eco-friendly technology at Port

Mayor of Los Angeles calls for more eco-friendly tech at port

Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti has launched a new Request for Information (RFI) for proposals to expand the use of zero-emission technology at the Port of Los Angeles.

The RFI will help advance the Mayor’s goal to transition all drayage trucks serving the San Pedro Bay port complex to zero emission by 2035. 

“We can only turn the tide on the climate crisis if we work across every sector to reduce dangerous emissions, protect vulnerable neighborhoods from the perils of pollution, and rev up our investments in clean energy,” said Garcetti in a statement released by the Port.

“Our RFI sends a strong signal: Los Angeles is a laboratory for new technology, a pioneering destination for sustainability, and a place where we deploy the power of innovation to strengthen lives, secure livelihoods, preserve public health, and lead a just transition toward a greener economy and a more equitable future.”

The RFI invites the private sector to provide crucial input to the Port of Los Angeles, the largest and busiest container port in the Western Hemisphere, as it explores strategies to accelerate the development and adoption of zero-emission trucks at scale.

This drive grows out of Los Angeles’ bold commitments in the Clean Air Action Plan, including a pledge to see 100% zero-emission trucks coming into and out of the port in the next 15 years. The Port is North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, facilitating $276 billion in trade during 2019.

Gene Seroka, the Port’s Executive Director, said: “The Port is currently engaged in 16 different zero-emission demonstration projects designed to bring feasible technology to the marketplace.”

”Conversion of the Port drayage fleet to zero-emission technology involves tremendous financial investment and will take the collaboration and commitment of many stakeholders – both public and private – to create a viable market for zero-emissions drayage technology. 

“This RFI is designed to recruit the best ideas available to help us serve as a catalyst and make a meaningful impact on climate change.”

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