Port Of Los Angeles Launches Emissions Fund - Smart Energy Decisions

Distributed Energy Resources  -  April 6, 2022

Port Of Los Angeles Launches Zero Emissions Fund

The Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach launched a new Clean Truck Fund, an initiative designed to help incentivize the development and deployment of zero emission trucks and infrastructure at the ports. 

 During the first year, funding of about $90 million is expected, moving the San Pedro Bay port complex toward a goal of being serviced by a 100% zero emission drayage truck fleet by 2035.

 “Greenhouse gas emissions from heavy duty trucks are a significant contributor to climate change,” said Los Angeles Harbor Commission President Jaime Lee in a statement. “Funds from this program will be used exclusively to incentivize the transition from carbon-based fuels to zero emission technology.”

 Diesel emissions from trucks have been cut by 97% compared to 2005 levels. Trucks remain the ports’ largest source of GHG emissions and the second-highest source of nitrogen oxides, a contributor to regional smog formation. 

 Under the Clean Truck Fund (CTF) program, the two ports today began collecting a rate of $10 per loaded twenty-foot-equivalent unit on drayage trucks entering or leaving container terminals. Exemptions to the CTF rate will be provided for containers hauled by zero emission trucks; containers hauled by low-nitrogen oxide-emitting (low-NOx) trucks will receive limited-time exemptions from the CTF rate.

 The Los Angeles Harbor Commission last week approved priority targets and pathways that will be used to disseminate the newly collected funds, including a trucker vouch incentive program for the purchase of zero emission trucks and an infrastructure funding program to help drayage licensed motor carriers to install or obtain zero emission charging and/or fueling infrastructure. Funding could also be used to support public charging and fueling infrastructure for zero emission drayage trucks.

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