Long Beach Port launches new social responsibility project: zero port issues

Officials from the Port of Long Beach, Southern California Edison and the California Energy Commission launched the country's largest pilot project for zero-emission cranes and other cargo handling equipment for seaports on April 4.

Funded primarily by a $9.7 million grant from the California Energy Commission, the project will bring 25 zero or near-zero-emission vehicles to the sea terminals of the Port of Long Beach for a year to test their performance in an environment efectivo. The launch event was held at Pacific Container Terminal at Long Beach's Pier J, operated by SSA Terminals, one of three terminals involved in the project.

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in 2017 approved an update to their Clean Air Action Plan, setting a goal for the transition of all terminal equipment to zero emissions by 2030.

The Zero Emissions Terminal Transition Project ushers in a new era in transport electrification and the Port's own transformation to zero emissions.

This project is another example of the goods movement industry, equipment builders, utilities and public agencies moving towards the zero-emissions goal.

this project addresses one of Southern California's greatest challenges: cleaning up the air and reducing the harmful greenhouse gases that cause climate change. SCE's vision of a clean energy future means partnering with the Port and other SCE customers to electrify transportation, as well as working hard to ensure that the electricity provided to power those vehicles is produced with clean and renewable resources.

The project is expected to reduce greenhouse gases by more than 1,323 tonnes and smog-causing nitrogen oxides by 27 tonnes each year. In addition, switching to zero-emission equipment is expected to save more than 270,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

The project will include converting nine electric -diesel RTG (Rubber tire gantry) cranes into all-electric equipment into a single terminal, purchasing 12 electric battery yard tractors for two more terminals and converting four LNG trucks into plug-in hybrids for a cargo carrier.

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