Mayor Garcetti celebrates the passage of the Clean Truck Fund rate, which will speed up transition to zero-emissions trucks serving the Port of Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously approved the first-ever Clean Truck Fund (CTF) Rate that incentivizes the transition to zero-emissions trucks by charging cargo owners a fee for utilizing trucks serving the Port of Los Angeles that don’t meet rigorous clean air standards.
“The Port of Los Angeles, our longshore workers, the entire supply chain, and our frontline communities have demonstrated extraordinary dedication throughout this unprecedented crisis,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “As we continue to move record-breaking cargo through the busiest port in the Western Hemisphere, it is vital that we implement the Clean Truck Fund Rate to expedite the transition of trucks servicing the Port to zero-emissions. Cleaning up the air at our Port will protect surrounding neighborhoods, workers, and our region as whole. I am proud to have championed this program and thank the Commissioners for passing this significant policy.”
The CTF Rate, also due to be implemented by the Port of Long Beach, is expected to initially raise $45 million annually per port. The Board today adopted the Port of LA CTF Spending Plan with incentives for converting the fleet to zero-emissions trucks.
The Port of Los Angeles’ new CTF rate revenues will exclusively fund zero-emissions trucks and associated infrastructure to further the Port’s goal of eliminating emissions from all trucks serving the Port by 2035. The approved CTF rate of $10 per twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) container was jointly set by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in March 2020. Mayor Garcetti has made the implementation of the CTF Rate a priority as part of L.A.’s Green New Deal.
To get a head start on funding the deployment of zero-emissions trucks, the Port will soon seek proposals from local drayage truck companies partnering with truck manufacturers to deploy 10 zero-emissions short-haul drayage trucks that call at marine terminals and operate within a short distance of the ports.
“Today’s action by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners marks the next phase of our transition toward a zero-emissions truck fleet,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “The Clean Truck Fund Rate is just one component of the funding needed to achieve our ambitious goals. The transition to ZE trucks will require a broad public-private partnership.”
The CTF Rate was among several measures introduced in the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update under the leadership of Mayor Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. The CAAP, which was originally adopted in 2006, was updated to accelerate progress toward a zero-emissions future, while protecting and strengthening the San Pedro Bay Ports’ competitive position in the global economy. It established targets for reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) from Port-related sources and called for the Ports to reduce GHGs to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
Since 2005, Port-related emissions in San Pedro Bay have dropped 90% for diesel particulate matter, 63% for nitrogen oxides, and 97% for sulfur oxides.
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