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Long Beach - 'greenest port in the world'

  06.11.2015    

Port of Long Beach maintained its status as the "greenest port in the world" by surpassing every air pollution reduction milestone set for 2014 due to air quality improvement programmes, including cleaner diesel trucks, low sulfur fuel, and the increased use of shore power for ships, according to Shipping Gazette.
An annual emissions survey showed that the port reduced diesel particulates by 85 per cent since 2005, nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 50 per cent and sulfur oxides by 97 per cent. These reductions surpassed the goals established under the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, according to Long Beach Port and community officials.
Executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, Allen Schaeffer, - a non-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology - said: "These major air quality improvements highlight how the integration of clean diesel trucks, cleaner fuel, electric shore power for ships, and other programmes can result in significant reductions in emissions."
According to the port's 2014 emissions inventory, the majority of trucks that service the port's terminals - more than 91 per cent - are diesel-fuelled vehicles. Alternative fuel trucks, primarily those fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), made approximately 8.2 per cent of the terminal calls in 2014, according to the Port's Clean Trucks Programme (CTP) activity records and the Port Drayage Truck Registry (PDTR).
The port also prohibits trucks older than model year 2007 from entering the complex and requires that trucks register with the port. There are a small number of pre-2007 trucks that get access on a one-time basis but have to pay a significant fee. According to the dray truck registry, about 60 per cent of the 16,887 registered trucks entering the port are manufactured between 2007 and 2009. The remainder are 2010 or newer.
Mr Schaeffer said. "Today it would take 60 trucks powered by a newer diesel engine to equal the same emissions from one truck manufactured in 1988."
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said: "The Port of Long Beach remains the greenest Port in the world, reducing emissions while increasing economic activity. The Port's consistent commitment to sustainability and our environment should be celebrated."



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