Watch this video to learn about the #1 cause of air pollution in our area, and what you can do now to help clean it up.
The Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Now Plan aims to accelerate the San Pedro Bay Ports’ Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). It offers a cost-effective opportunity, using proven technology, to drastically and immediately reduce emissions from the 13,000 port trucks serving the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
The ACT Now Plan encompasses all zero- and near-zero emission technologies and fuels, including renewable natural gas, propane, battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell electric, and others that meet the California Air Resources Board’s alternative low NOx standard of 0.02 g/bhp-hr and can achieve a minimum 40 percent reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions using renewable fuels or energy.
Download a copy of the full ACT Now Plan report.
The plan is built on the pillars of a healthy environment, economic investment and job creation, and port competitiveness.
The ACT Now Plan will slash NOx emissions by up to 99.8%, cut greenhouse gas emissions, eliminate diesel particulate matter, and eliminate petroleum fuel.
Deploying low NOx trucks throughout California powered by California Renewable Natural Gas could create up to 130,000 new jobs and add $14 Billion to California’s economy according to economic consulting firm ICF.
The ACT Now Plan is the lowest cost, most cost-effective and most reliable path to clean air.
"We are of a mindset here that we know alternative fuel options is going to be the drive for California going forward. We always look at how forward we can be and progressive in regards to the type of vehicles we put on the road for being environmental stewards and being a good part of the community."
"This project (CR&R), when fully completed will be a triple play--it reduces green waste, connects renewable natural gas to a pipeline, and uses the renewable natural gas to fuel heavy-duty trucks."
"The use of natural gas by FedEx Freight is a natural extension of our corporate-wide efforts to provide sustainable solutions that benefit the customers and communities we serve."
"The Energy Commission is pleased to invest in projects like CR&R's biomethane operation that are helping the state transition to cleaner, low-carbon fuels."
"This project (CR&R) will provide a greater local supply of renewable natural gas. Coupled with near-zero emission engines, this will help accelerate the transition to cleaner truck feets in the South Coast region."
"UPS is committed to expanding our use of alternative fuels, including renewable natural gas, to minimize our impact to the environment. Renewable natural gas turns naturally occurring methane into an alternative fuel that replaces diesel and its carbon emissions."
"Dillon Transport deployed the first natural gas truck in 2011. Since then we have grown our feet to over 250 Cummins Westport 12 liter natural gas engines. We successfully haul 80,000+ GVW loads every day in many areas of the US. Our customers appreciate the low emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases from our fleet and our reliable deliveries."
"Air pollution now kills 3.3 million people prematurely every year– more than HIV, malaria and influenza combined – with emissions from diesel engines among the worst culprits; a joint investigation by the Guardian and Greenpeace showed hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren across England and Wales are being exposed to illegal air toxicity levels from diesel vehicles."
"In 2012 came the first major evidence of some truly dreadful health impacts. Nitrogen oxides and dioxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) pumped out by diesel exhausts were fingered as silent killers. The studies multiplied. The European Environment Agency found that nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from diesel fumes had caused around 71,000 premature deaths across the continent in a single year. It said the UK experienced 11,940 annual premature deaths from NO2, the second highest in Europe behind Italy. The World Health Organisation declared diesel exhaust a carcinogenic, a cause of lung cancer in the same category as asbestos and mustard gas."
"Cities worldwide have scrambled. The mayors of Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City have agreed to completely outlaw diesel vehicles from the centre of their cities by 2025. The political leaders that make up the C40 group of global megacities are all taking steps to crack down on diesel vehicles and reduce smog."
"The 2010 emission standards for heavy-duty engines have established a limit for oxides of nitrogen (NOX) emissions of 0.20 g/bhp-hr, a 90% reduction from the previous emission standards. However, it is projected that even when the entire on-road fleet of heavy-duty vehicles operating in California is compliant with the 2010 NOX emission standards, the upcoming National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) requirements for ambient particulate matter and ozone will not be achieved in California without further significant reduction in NOX emissions from the heavy-duty vehicles."
Air Resources Board Research Seminar
Evaluating Technologies and Methods to Lower Nitrogen Oxide Emissions from Heavy-Duty Vehicles