Ten years ago, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced their joint Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), which called for an aggressive retirement schedule for older trucks, and, in the case of the Port of Los Angeles, a requirement that all truck drivers serving their port be employees rather than have the option of being independent business owners.
The employee-mandate was struck down by the US Supreme Court, and the undisputed and necessary truck retirement schedule forged ahead. Since the CAAP was enforced, the LA/Long Beach port complex has seen an 87% reduction in diesel particulate matter (DPM), 98% reduction in sulfur oxides (SOx), and 57% reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx). Between 2015 and 2016, the emission levels fell 13%, 14%, 10% respectively.
Now, we have CAAP 3.0, which pushes for zero emission equipment. The plan bets on future reductions by using equipment which is not yet available. It vastly underestimates the costs involved for everyone in the supply chain to comply, and it does not consider the realities of the competitive forces drawing cargo to US east and gulf coast ports.
In fact, a study commissioned by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) found CAAP 3.0 could actually increase greenhouse gas emissions by 22% as cargo owners choose more economical gateways on the east coast or gulf coast. These ports are further from Asia and will require more fuel and longer voyages.
As an industry, we need to be good shepherds of our environment, and we need to be focused on economic growth. The ports’ plan does nothing to balance these two important goals.
We can do better.
Holiday Party: Join Women in Logistics (WIL) and the Pacific Transportation Association (PTA) for the annual Holiday Mixer and Food Drive. Thursday, December 10th, 5:00pm-8:00pm, The Fat Lady, Oakland, CA. Let us know you are coming by registering here.
State of the Port Luncheon: Join Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) and Women in Logistics (WIL) for a State of the Port luncheon featuring Chris Lytle, Executive Director, Port of Oakland. Thursday, January 21st, 11:00am-2:00pm at Scott’s, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA. Registerhere.
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Join Women in Logistics (WIL) and Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) on Thursday, November 6th for a State of the Industry luncheon featuring Dave Arsenault, President & CEO Hyundai Merchant Marine America and Fred Castonguay, Vice President Operations Ports America.
The topics will include the state of the ocean carrier industry and how terminal operators are adjusting to the changing landscape.
Women in Logistics (WIL) and the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) proudly present luncheon speaker Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, Journal of Commerce. Mr. Mongelluzzo will discuss the upcoming ILWU negotiations, the state of West Coast waterfront labor, port politics, competitive threats and challenges and chassis ownership. Register today here.
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