Seaports have an obligation to guard the communities they serve from air air pollution related to items motion, Port of Lengthy Seaside Govt Director Mario Cordero instructed a gathering of trade leaders lately on the American Affiliation of Port Authorities Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C.
Talking in his capability because the AAPA Board of Administrators chairman, Cordero urged port authorities to decide to “environmental social governance” – growing insurance policies to decarbonize and convert cargo-handling and drayage truck fleets to zero emissions.
“We should acknowledge that defending the well being of our neighboring communities from dangerous emissions as a result of port operations is a paramount duty,” stated Cordero. “As port executives you may make a distinction, the one query is whether or not you’ll select to make a distinction.”
Lengthy Seaside Harbor Fee President Steven Neal applauded Cordero for amplifying the Port of Lengthy Seaside’s Inexperienced Port philosophy on the worldwide occasion.
“Though we’re all the time engaged on doing higher, on the Port of Lengthy Seaside we’ve proven it’s doable to have each good jobs and environmental sustainability,” stated Neal. “Our diesel particulate emissions are down 90% since 2005, even whereas cargo has elevated greater than 20%, due to the landmark Inexperienced Port Coverage and the Clear Air Motion Plan.”
On Friday, April 1, the ports of Lengthy Seaside and Los Angeles launched the Clear Truck Fund fee. The speed – $10 per twenty-foot equal unit on loaded import and export cargo containers hauled by drayage vehicles as they enter or go away container terminals – will likely be collected from helpful cargo homeowners and can assist fund and incentivize the changeover to cleaner vehicles. Exemptions to the CTF fee will likely be initially offered for containers hauled by zero-emission vehicles and low-nitrogen oxide-emitting vehicles. It’s anticipated to generate as much as $90 million within the first yr.
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