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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