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Long Beach port's Clean Air Action Plan lowers diesel emissions by 87pc


The US port of Long Beach has cut diesel emissions by 87 per cent thanks to its ongoing efforts to reduce air pollution, according to a study.
The annual emissions inventory conducted by an independent consultant also shows that the port's aggressive actions to reduce air pollution have decreased smog-forming nitrogen oxides by 56 per cent since 2005. Sulphur oxides were down 97 per cent and greenhouse gases are 16 per cent lower, reported Bunker Ports News Worldwide, Piraeus.
"We're seeing the results of the hard work by the port and the goods movement industry, and we're showing the world that sustainable cargo movement is possible," said Long Beach Harbour Commission president Bonnie Lowenthal.
"There's work to be done to get to our ultimate goal of zero-emissions operations, but I'm confident we will get there together."
While emissions remain dramatically lower than they were in 2005, the port-funded study for 2018 found a small increase in diesel particulates and greenhouse gas emissions from the previous year's inventory. The 2017 inventory measured an 88 per cent decrease in diesel particulates and an 18 per cent reduction in greenhouse gases compared to the 2005 baseline year.
Port officials attributed the change to record throughput of 8.1 million TEU in 2018. "We've accomplished these reductions even while container traffic has risen 21 per cent since 2005," said port of Long Beach executive director Mario Cordero.
"The port is managing US$150 million in projects all across our port, all in the name of cleaner air. This includes $80 million in grant funding to demonstrate zero emissions equipment and advanced energy systems in port operations."

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