Low-emission natural gas-fired trucks are exempt from charges per container, thanks to a 4: 1 vote by the Long Beach Port Commission on Monday.
The Clean Truck Fund rate is $ 10 per unit equivalent to 20 feet and is the standard unit of measure for transporting containers, many of which are 40 feet long. This is part of San Pedro Bay’s efforts to achieve the zero emissions goal. .. No charges have yet been implemented as a third party supplier has recently been selected to develop a collection method.
“The Port of Long Beach is Greenport, a pioneer in the sustainable commodity movement,” Commission Chairman Frank Colonna said in a statement. “We are confident that we can now encourage the use of cleaner natural gas trucks, and we can also develop technologies that can achieve our goal of a zero emission truck fleet by 2035 ..”
According to the announcement, these fees are expected to generate $ 80 million per year.
Natural gas trucks emit low levels of nitrogen oxides which cause smog. According to the announcement, the exemption applies to trucks that pick up or drop off loaded containers at ports using natural gas engines that meet the time standard of 0.02 grams of nitrogen oxides. by braking power.
Vehicles must be purchased and registered at the port by December 31, 2022.
Zero-emission non-commercial trucks, such as electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells, were already exempt from future charges. According to the announcement, the decision to exempt certain vehicles from natural gas is intended as an interim step while zero-emission technology catches up.
When the award was first approved in March of last year, critics said Claim It was too low to reduce emissions, after a few months the price will be Critical Drivers of natural gas trucks, they said they should be exempt.
“These trucks emit 90% less nitrogen oxides than their peers today,” said Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach, in a statement. “The question we asked ourselves was whether to reduce emissions now or wait until tomorrow. For our community and our commitment to the Clean Air Action Plan, the answer is now. “
The CAAP, which combines the environmental efforts of Long Beach and the ports of Los Angeles, was first adopted in 2006 and updated in 2017. The plan outlines the ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse by 40% and 80% from 1990 levels by 2030. 2050.
The Clean Truck program was launched in 2008, and the key to the plan is to phase out old trucks. Since then, diesel emissions from trucks have been reduced by 97% from 2005 levels based on port data. However, trucks remain the port’s main source of greenhouse gas emissions and the second largest source of nitrogen oxides.