The Coalition developed the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Now Plan 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-vehicle drayage fleet serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
The ACT Now Plan encompasses all zero- and near-zero emission technologies and fuels, including natural gas, propane, battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell electric, and others that meet a 0.02 g/bhp-hrNOx standard and can achieve a minimum 40 percent reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions using renewable fuels or energy.
By 2023, the ACT Now Plan would provide:
- 99 percent reduction in annual NOx emissions, which equals approximately 5.5 tons of NOx per day of surplus NOx emission reductions for Southern California
- 100 percent reduction in petroleum consumption (more than 115 million DGE/year) and the corresponding use of ultra-low-carbon renewable fuel, largely produced in California
- $1 billion to $1.3 billion of private sector investment in fueling infrastructure, supply chain assets, and renewable natural gas production facilities throughout California
- Immediate and significant California-based job creation across a range of building trades in the next 5 to 10 years.
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The plan is built on the pillars of a healthy environment, economic investment and job creation, and port competitiveness.
Environment: Clean Air and GHG Reductions
The ACT Now Plan will contribute to achieving the 2023 federal 80 ppb, 8-hour ozone standard and other near-term goals outlined in the 2016 South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Air Quality Management Plan and federal air quality standards over the next one to two decades.
Economic Investment and Job Creation
Continued development of a regional refueling network for clean vehicles will require an estimated investment of $1 billion to $1.3 billion. The ACT Now Plan requires an additional 50 to 100 fueling stations, along with significant investment in renewable natural gas production, processing, and distribution in California. Almost all of this investment is expected to be private capital, and all infrastructure investments can begin immediately.
The ACT Now Plan will help maintain the thousands of existing, well-paying jobs in the harbor and Southern California goods movement system. Roughly 1 in 9 jobs in the region are connected to the activities of two ports.
The plan eliminates new-technology manufacturer risk and ensures that goods will continue to move without disruption. Leading heavy-duty truck manufacturers (Freightliner, Kenworth, Mack, Peterbilt, and Volvo) and their dealer networks are fully prepared to design, engineer, sell, and support the clean trucks this plan envisions.
Photo of Freightliner Cascadia tractor courtesy Southern California Gas Co.