Reports Show LA, Long Beach Ports Making Progress on Emissions Reductions

The Vincent Thomas Bridge at the Port of Los Angeles during sunrise. Photo: POLA.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach saw significant strides in lowering emissions last year, according to reports recently released by the ports.

In Los Angeles, diesel particulate matter dipped 88%, nitrogen oxides fell 62% and sulfur oxides dropped 97% since 2005, the baseline year.

In Long Beach, 2022 diesel particulates fell 91%, nitrogen oxides dropped 63% and sulfur oxides plummeted 97% from 2005, according to the port’s annual emissions inventory report.

These decreases occurred in 2022, when cargo container volumes rose 36%.

This puts Long Beach ahead of its San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan goals by a year, the port said.

Both ports point to an assertive push for greening port operations and partnering with supply chain stakeholders to achieve better air quality.

The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association applauded the ports’ efforts.

“The impressive reductions at the San Pedro Bay Ports over the past two decades is the model success story involving the commitment, partnership and resources of the ports, tenants and industry partners,” PMSA Vice President Jacqueline Moore said. “Much of the success is due to collaborative, voluntary efforts to achieve the emission reduction goals ahead of schedule as outlined in the ports’ Clean Air Action Plan.”

By Karen Robes Meeks