The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners voted last week to approve the 259-page plan.
The Port said that the plan would provide a framework for maritime development for the next 30 years.
The plan calls for changes in equipment, operations, fuels and infrastructure at the seaport.
Key projects outlined in the plan:
-Strategy #1: Continue Emissions Reduction Programs and Projects
Examples of Implementing Actions that support Strategy #1 include:
- Convert a portion of the Port’s fleet to battery-electric vehicles.
- Use renewable diesel in the Port’s diesel-powered equipment.
- Retrofit rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes to hybrid equipment.
- Adopt voluntary or incentivized vessel speed reduction.
-Strategy #2: Promote the Pathway to Zero Emissions Equipment and Operations
Examples of Implementing Actions that support Strategy #2 include:
- Conduct engineering and operational feasibility studies for zero-emissions cargo-handling equipment (CHE).
- Implement the use of renewable diesel for the Port vehicle fleet.
- Develop battery-electric equipment demonstration projects funded by grants and/or equipment manufacturer
-Strategy #3: Develop Infrastructure to Support the Pathway to Zero Emissions
Examples of Implementing Actions that support Strategy #3 include:
- Develop a guide for electric vehicle charging infrastructure projects in the Seaport Area.
- Perform engineering feasibility studies for container terminal electrification.
- Expand the electrical charging infrastructure for the Port’s vehicle fleet.
- Track the development of uniform charging standards for zero-emissions equipment, and advocate for Port-specific needs.
- Conduct feasibility studies for other alternative fuels, such as hydrogen fuel cells.
-Strategy #4: Build and Strengthen Partnerships
Examples of Implementing Actions that support Strategy #4 include:
- Continue to participate in working groups, such as the Trucker Working Group and the Port Efficiency Task Force (PETF).
- Conduct regular meetings with tenants as well as shipping lines and other customers.
- Collaborate with regulatory, resource and public health agencies.
- Partner with other ports on grant applications.
- Advocate for cleaner OGVs and fuels
-Strategy #5: Engage Stakeholders
Examples of Implementing Actions that support Strategy #5 include:
- Conduct regular Task Force meetings.
- Hold Community Town Hall meetings.
- Engage stakeholders in the development of the Plan Update in 2023.
- Coordinate with Task Force Co-Chairs to conduct Working Sessions regarding topics of interest to stakeholders.
-Strategy #6: Pursue External Funding
Examples of Implementing Actions that support Strategy #6 include
- Track the websites of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), California Energy Commission (CEC), and BAAQMD for information on upcoming grant and incentive funding programs, and develop a thorough understanding of each grant and incentive program’s requirements.
- Advocate for new or expanded State and federal grant opportunities.
- Collaborate with tenants to pursue grant funding for specific projects.
The Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond plan is the successor to Oakland’s Maritime Air Quality Plan adopted a decade ago.
That plan helped the Port reduce diesel particulate matter by 81%. Truck diesel emissions were down 98% and ship emissions dropped 78%.
The Port’s Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan sends a powerful message that the Port will lead the way towards a post-carbon future. We’re always looking at pollution reduction measures that reflect new technologies, financial resources and stakeholder input,
...said Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle.
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