Port of San Diego Seeks Feedback on Clean Air Strategy Draft

The Port of Diego wants the public to weigh in on its Draft Revised Maritime Clean Air Strategy (MCAS), a document that’s expected to help guide the port on what clean air projects and activities to shape and prioritize. It’s an update to the port’s 2007 Clean Air Program, with a focus on health equity and a goal to aggressively curb emissions by 2030.

“In support of the 2030 goals, the MCAS establishes more specific, near-term emissions reduction goals and objectives to be accomplished within the next five-year period between 2021 and June 30, 2026,” the port explained. “Collectively, in conjunction with the near-term goals and objectives, the MCAS identifies approximately 34 potential projects, partnerships, initiatives, and/or studies.”

Goals include that all cargo trucks coming to port terminals would be zero-emissions vehicles by 2030; that 20% of annual cargo truck moves are performed by zero-emissions vehicles by June 30, 2026; implementation of the first all-electric tugboat in the country by June 30, 2026; and that all cargo-handling equipment would be zero-emissions by 2030.

Visit portofsandiego.org/MCAS to view the revised draft. Email MCAS@portofsandiego.org through Sept. 3 to submit feedback in writing. The port will also host a virtual update at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 26. Registration for the virtual meeting is available at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Xv41l2l1RUCazYKUwGCHfQ

By Pacific Maritime