Port of Los Angeles Reports Lower Emissions

Since 2005, the Port of Los Angeles has met or surpassed its pollution-reduction goals, including decreases in nitrogen oxides, which are down 62 percent, sulfur oxides, which are down 98 percent, and diesel particulate matter, which are down 87 percent, according to the port’s 2019 Inventory of Air Emissions report released earlier this month.

“Every year, it takes all our pollution reduction strategies, ongoing and new, to maintain and improve the dramatic progress we’ve made in cutting pollution,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We’re working closely with our industry partners, manufacturers and public agencies to test emerging technologies that will make the next big leap forward.”

Since 2005, the Los Angeles seaport has seen greenhouse gases fall 32 percent for every 10,000 TEUs, according to the port.

“Reducing GHGs to help avoid the worst effects of climate change is critical, and it is going to take worldwide collaboration to do this,” said Port Director of Environmental Management Christopher Cannon. “We are grateful to our private and public sector partners who continue to step up by investing in zero emission technology.”

Getting rid of pollution from trucks and cargo-handling equipment is key to curbing GHG emissions from port operations by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030 and by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. The port is pursuing or involved in 16 regional projects with various partners to test near-zero and zero emissions engines and fueling or charging infrastructure.

For a copy of the inventory report, go to https://kentico.portoflosangeles.org/getmedia/4696ff1a-a441-4ee8-95ad-abe1d4cddf5e/2019_Air_Emissions_Inventory.

By Sarah Spangler