The Port of San Diego will support the implementation of zero-emission technologies as part of an expansion of its Maritime Clean Air Strategy (MCAS).
In a statement, the Port unveiled a series of initiatives to cut emissions and said the plans are in addition to its previous efforts to cut emissions and make maritime operations cleaner
It said it will identify and prioritise projects to further improve air quality and support tenants and terminal operators to transition to zero and near-zero emission technologies.
Recent maritime efforts include the demonstration of electric trucks and cargo handling at both of the Port’s terminals, shore power at cruise and cargo terminals and a designated truck route to keep commercial vehicles out of Barrio Logan neighbourhoods.
Additionally, it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the San Diego Foundation in which it will explore opportunities for programme alignment and investment to support coastal access, climate initiatives and coastal resiliency, environmental conservation and stewardship and environmental justice.
Michael Zucchet, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners, said, ““The Port is committed to being a leader in cleaner air for our communities.
“At the start of the year, I made it clear that air quality and climate change issues will be important drivers in any effort, project or major deal we pursue and support over the next decade.
“Supporting these initiatives are prime examples of how the Port continues to make progress by collaborating with regional partners to deploy new strategies and technologies.”