Port of L.A. nets $41 million grant for project to reduce emissions


LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Port of Los Angeles was awarded $41 million from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) today for a project that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities project has an initial phase cost of more than $85 million, with its partners providing 50.2 percent in matching funds.

The project, which was proposed with support from Toyota, Kenworth, and Shell, provides a large-scale “shore to store” plan and a hydrogen fuel- cell-electric technology framework for freight facilities working at the port.

Officials said the initiative will help reduce emissions by 465 metric tons of greenhouse gas and 0.72 weighted tons of NOx, ROG and PM10. The project is also part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental initiatives.

“The Port of Los Angeles is showing the world that we don’t need to choose between environmental stewardship and economic growth — and this funding will help put zero emissions goods movement within our reach,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “I am grateful to CARB for this investment in America’s port, as we continue to lead the drive toward a more sustainable future.”

The Port of Los Angeles will develop the project in several phases and will eventually encompass other initiatives in Southern California, the Central Coast area, and Merced County. The project includes the use of hydrogen fuel-cell-electric trucks and the installation of hydrogen fueling stations around the region.

“This matching grant from CARB’s California Climate Investments program is critically needed funding support to develop and commercialize the next generation of clean port equipment and drayage trucks, as well as the infrastructure to support it,” Port Executive Director Gene Seroka said. “This grant funds a public-private collaboration that is representative of our commitment to being a `market maker’ through collaborative technology and fuel infrastructure development with industry leaders like Toyota, Kenworth and Shell.”


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