The California Air Resources Board has awarded $3 million to the Port of Hueneme to fund their ship to shore zero emission energy project. This project is a part of a joint application with the Port of Los Angeles for the statewide Zero- and Near Zero- Emission Freight Facilities.
The heat was hard to beat around the US last month, making it the 11th warmest July on record. Meanwhile, the sweltering temperatures the last three months brought the warmest May through July on record, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.
The US Government decided to cut NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System, a $10-million-a-year research. This project was tracking GHG emissions around the world and was reporting the carbon flows. As the Science Magazine reported, this development is putting the country’s compliance with the Paris Agreement at risk.
The project is funded mostly by a $9.7 million grant from the California Energy Commission, and will bring 25 vehicles that are zero – or near zero -emissions to Port of Long Beach marine terminals for one year to test their performance in a real-world setting. The project aims to reduce GHG by more than 1,323 tons and smog-causing nitrogen oxides by 27 tons each year.
Washington Governor signed the 2018 state transportation budget, which includes a US$600,000 research fund to Washington State Ferries, to explore conversion of three ferries in the state fleet from diesel to hybrid electric, up to 2019. The three selected vessels of the Jumbo Mark II Class consume 26% of the fuel in the WSF fleet.
In July 2017, California’s state legislature passed a bill to extend the state’s economy-wide GHG reduction program, until 2030. The bill sets a new GHG target, aiming at least 40% below the 1990 level of emissions by 2030. According to the current cap-and-trade program, emissions sources include electric generators, industrial facilities, and oil and natural gas distributors.
Namely, with the Marine Repower Program, the goal is the reduction of emissions from passenger ferries by proposing to fund additional marine vessel engine refits for the SeaStreak, Spirit Cruises, and Truex lines.
Despite the EU and China have reacted to US president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord by agreeing to cooperate in tackling climate change, Transport and Environment organisation has expressed fears the US withdrawal will slow down progress in shipping.
AAPA stated that U.S. ports and their surrounding communities could benefit from the announcement of a partial Volkswagen settlement with the federal government and the California Air Resources Board.
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