California ports examine new zero-emissions technologies

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Updated Jul 13, 2011

The Long Beach and Los Angeles Boards of Harbor Commissioners on Thursday, July 7, met jointly for a special workshop to identify opportunities to move forward with a demonstration of zero-emissions technologies in the neighboring ports.

“Our board expressed a great deal of interest in a demonstration of zero-emissions technology, and for good reason,” says Susan Anderson Wise, Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners president. “It represents an opportunity to lead, once again, and to reduce air pollution even more than we have under the Clean Air Action Plan.”

Thursday’s discussion focused on ways to evaluate and eventually make commercially viable promising zero-emissions technologies such as electric and fuel cell-assisted drayage trucks, locomotives with linear synchronous motors, and electric and fuel cell-assisted cargo-handling equipment.

“I am pleased with the extensive dialogue and proposed next steps that were explained and discussed at the workshop,” says Cindy Miscikowski, Los Angeles Harbor Commission president. “With the input that we’ve received, the staff of the two ports can move forward to continue the process of advancing zero-emissions technologies.”