Port of Oakland approves zero emissions cargo-handling law


The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners has approved an environmental ordinance that requires tenants who operate cargo-handling equipment (CHE) to create a plan for converting CHE to zero-emissions.

This law was passed at the Port of Oakland’s meeting on 9 March.

Port of Oakland tenants have until 31 December to create a cargo-handling equipment conversion plan. 

The ordinance will allow the port to work collaboratively with its business partners to support an efficient and timely transition to zero emissions.

Port tenants’ CHE conversion plans is anticipated to promote the port’s vision, as outlined in the Port of Oakland Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan.

Port environmental staff will review the plans annually for accountability, transparency, and partnering in support of tenants as they implement their plans, according to the Port of Oakland.

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“The entire Port Board is committed to decarbonising operations at port facilities,” said Port Board President, Barbara Leslie.

“This ordinance calls for our seaport tenants to develop a plan to reach zero emissions from cargo-handling operations. It’s a commitment to Oakland and the region that we take very seriously,” Leslie added.

This approval comes more than two months after the Port of Oakland debuted its zero-emissions top picks. Top picks are heavy-duty vehicles with off-road capabilities.

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