Transportation is part of Port of San Diego's emissions plan

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Thursday, January 02, 2014

In a move a fictional TV news anchor might call “a big deal,” the Port of San Diego is moving forward with a climate change plan aimed at reducing emissions.

On Dec. 10, the port’s board of commissioners approved a climate action plan with a goal of reducing the port’s 2006 greenhouse gas emissions levels by 10 percent by the year 2020, according to a news release. By the year 2035, the port wants emissions levels to be 25 percent below 2006 levels.

The plan will serve as an outline for specific rules to be adopted in the future, the port said in the news release. The plan identifies six emission reduction categories: transportation and land use; energy conservation and efficiency; alternative energy generation; water conservation and recycling; waste reduction and recycling; and education.

Under the plan’s transportation section, the port says it wants to promote vehicles that use the port to “achieve the lowest emissions possible” by using alternative fuels and electric and hybrid technology. The port plans to lower emissions at loading docks through electrification and idling-reduction systems at the docks.

The plan also says the port wants to promote the use of catenary/induction-driven trucks for moving cargo between port terminals and warehouses.

Since 2012, the San Diego port’s Clean Truck Program has required trucks to meet the state port truck policy implemented by the California Air Resources Board.

Created by the state legislature in 1962, the Port of San Diego is the fourth-largest in California behind Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland.

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