Mayor Garcetti and Port Of Los Angeles Announce New Clean Air Initiatives and Advisory Committee to Lead Sustainable Growth at Port

GNA worked with the Port and Mayor’s office to convene a technical advisory committee and organize a well-attended press conference kicking-off a terminal demonstration project testing zero and near-zero technologies.

Los Angeles, Calif.—July 12, 2016—Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the formation of a new advisory board to help reduce carbon emissions and guide sustainable growth at the Port of Los Angeles. GNA worked with the Port and the Mayor’s office to identify, invite and confirm participation of a diverse collection of committee members including, environmental, labor, industry, government, and community leaders. The 10-member Sustainable Freight Advisory Committee will work to advance sustainable policy and expand the use of zero-emission technology at the largest container port in the nation.

July 12th marked the formal kick-off of the advisory committee as they had an in-person meeting with Mayor Eric Garcetti and Port Executive Director Gene Seroka where they discussed the committee’s goals in advancing the Sustainable City pLAn, which sets a goal of increasing the percentage of goods-movement trips that use zero-emission technologies, as well as the recently released California Sustainable Freight Action Plan, which outlines a comprehensive blueprint for moving California’s freight system toward a more efficient and competitive future.

In addition to the Sustainable Freight Advisory Committee meeting, GNA supported the Port in organizing a press conference to announce the Pasha Green Omni Terminal Project, a $26 million terminal operated by Pasha that will pilot various zero and near-zero emissions goods movement technologies. Speakers included Mayor Eric Garcetti, CARB Board Member Judy Mitchell, Port Executive Director Gene Seroka, and several Pasha executives.

When complete, the terminal — funded in part by a $14.5 million California Climate Investments grant from the California Air Resources Board — will be the first in the world capable of generating its own renewable energy for emergency use. The terminal will also integrate a fleet of new and retrofitted zero-emission electric vehicles and cargo-handling equipment into its operation, and test the latest technology for capturing ship emissions from vessels that are unable to plug into shore power.

The Port also used the press conference as a platform to announce a series of grants to test zero and near-zero emission trucks and goods movement technologies. These include a $5.8 million California Energy Commission grant to test 20 near-zero natural gas-powered (LNG) tractors and five zero-emission plug-in battery yard tractors at the Everport Container Terminal.

Read the LA Times coverage of the press conference here.

Watch ABC7’s coverage below.