Port of Long Beach Achieves 2023 Emission Reduction Goal
The Port of Long Beach has managed to successfully achieve all the 2023 emission reduction goals outlined in the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). As per the US Port’s annual emission inventory report, there has been a decline of 62% in smog-forming nitrogen oxides, 90% in diesel soot, and a massive dip of 97% in Sulphur oxides. The annual emissions inventory is reviewed by South Coast Air Quality Management District, California Air Resources Board, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. The achievement was clocked when the container throughput increased by 21%.
Celebrating the achievement, Steve Neal, Long Beach Harbor Commission President said that they are committed to their ultimate goal of becoming an emission-free port. Port of Long Beach explained that the pollution levels were with respect to the 2005 baseline, the year before the original San Pedro Bay CAAP was adopted.
Though the achievement of Port of Long Beach is quite a success story, there is much more to it. The west coast of the US has been struggling with a severe supply chain crisis and has witnessed a record container traffic. The findings of FleetMon state that greenhouse gas emissions have increased, mainly due to the increased traffic and longer anchor stays of vessels. Between 2019 and 2020, there was a 7% increase in greenhouse gas emission attributed to several factors such as rise in cargo handling equipment, increased heavy-duty truck activity, etc.
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