Port of Los Angeles: How to be Green



Christopher Cannon, Chief Sustainability Officer, Port of Los Angeles, California, USA


Building on pioneering clean air initiatives at the San Pedro Bay ports, the Port of Los Angeles has drafted a proposed plan for advancing promising zero emission technologies. The port’s Zero Emission White Paper focuses on guidelines and near-term strategies for testing zero and near-zero emission yard tractors and short-haul drayage trucks.

The recommendations in the white paper are based on lessons learned from early testing of zero emission technologies through implementation of the port’s Clean Truck Program and its Technology Advancement Program. These programs were advanced under the landmark San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), which has led to a dramatic reduction in harmful emissions from ships, trains, trucks, cargo-handling equipment and harbour craft. The blueprint for the white paper is the Roadmap for Moving Forward with Zero Emissions Technologies at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, released in 2011.

This paper is a summary of the central arguments outlined in the White Paper, which is available in full on the Port of Los Angeles website.

Zero emission technologies

The economic benefits of operations at America’s busiest container port complex are felt throughout the nation, but the environmental impact is felt in the surrounding region. Recognition of these environmental health consequences led to the CAAP, jointly developed and adopted by the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach in 2006.

In 2010, the ports updated the CAAP. The updated version established the San Pedro Bay Standards and set aggressive new goals for reducing…

To read the full paper, please download the PDF

Cookie Policy. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.