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Toward Zero-Emission Freight at Southern California's Ports: Prospects, Pitfalls & Policy Needs

  • UCLA Covel Commons 200 De Neve Drive Los Angeles, CA, 90095 United States (map)

A UCLA / UC Berkeley School of Law Conference
Sponsored by Bank of America

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach bring more goods into the U.S. than any other ports in the country. Yet together the ports are the single largest source of air pollution in Southern California, emitting smog, particulate matter and other toxics that threaten public health in nearby communities, as well as greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

In November 2017, the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbor commissioners adopted an update to the 2006 Clean Air Action Plan to transition to cleaner fuels for goods movement in and around the ports in the next two decades. The plan promises large-scale changes in technology and operational efficiency for cargo handling equipment and short- and medium-haul trucking that could slash the ports' pollution and help serve as a model for global shipping and transport industries.

Achieving the vision for clean air at the ports by 2030 requires answers to several important questions: What are the prospects and potential for various zero-emission technologies – including battery electrification – to reduce pollution? How can finance, permitting and community engagement support the transition to cleaner fuels? What new policy and industry actions are needed for cost-effective deployment? This conference will discuss these and other issues that industry, government and civil society leaders must address to reach zero emissions goods movement at the ports.

Event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

Sponsored by:
Bank of America
UC Berkeley School of Law (Center for Law, Energy and the Environment)
UCLA School of Law (Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment)

Photo Credit: Corey Seeman, Flickr