Oakland Adopts Ambitious Air Quality Programme


Commissioners at the Port of Oakland have granted approval to an air quality plan which aims to drastically cut the diesel and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of maritime operations.

The Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan, according to a statement, envisions a future in which Oakland can operate emission-free, providing a framework for the port’s development over the next 30 years.

Changes included as part of the initiative include new equipment, with fleet vehicles set to be replaced by zero-emission alternatives, and the installation of electric infrastructure across Oakland’s container terminals.

Lisa Wunder discusses how air pollution is being reduced at the Port of Los Angeles in a recent Port Technology technical paper

Equipment in the container yard will also be tracked under the new plan to measure fuel consumption, operability and performance, while cleaner fuels and power sources will be identified as well.

Chris Lytle, Port of Oakland Executive Director, said: “The port’s Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan sends a powerful message that the port will lead the way towards a post-carbon future.

“We’re always looking at pollution reduction measures that reflect new technologies, financial resources and stakeholder input.”



In addition to the plan, commissioners ordered a report in six months on the feasibility of converting trucks and cargo-handling equipment to battery power.

Succeeding Oakland’s Maritime Air Quality Plan, which has successfully reduced diesel and ship emissions since being adopted ten years ago, the new project will involve the community and local businesses in the quest for cleaner air.

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