The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will hold a joint community workshop on Jan. 24 to gather input on strategies released late last year to update the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). The workshop will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, at Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water St. in Wilmington. The workshop is open to the public.
The CAAP was adopted in 2006 and led to drastic reductions in pollution from maritime-related sources in or near the ports. CAAP implementation has reduced diesel particulate matter up to 84 percent, cut nitrogen oxides in half, eliminated 97 percent of sulfur oxides and lowered greenhouse gases an average of 12 percent, all while container volume has increased by 7 percent.
In November, Harbor Commissioners from both ports met to unveil the draft CAAP 2017 Discussion Document, available here, which details proposed new strategies to further clean the air and reduce greenhouse gases. Strategies include aggressively deploying zero and near-zero emission trucks and cargo-handling equipment and expanding programs that reduce ship emissions.