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Port of Oakland approves zero emissions cargo-handling rule

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The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners has approved an environmental ordinance that requires tenants who operate cargo-handling equipment to create a plan for conversion to zero-emissions.

The new regulation was passed at the Port of Oakland’s meeting on 9 March.

Tenants at Port of Oakland, California, have until 31 December to create a cargo-handling equipment (CHE) conversion plan. 

“Our goal is to grow the port with operations, equipment, and vehicles fuelled by energy that does not emit harmful pollutants into the air,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan. “The port’s environmental ordinance goes above and beyond state regulations and supports our path to zero emissions.”

The ordinance will allow the port to work collaboratively with its business partners to support an efficient and timely transition to zero emissions.

Port tenants’ CHE conversion plans is anticipated to promote the port’s vision, as outlined in the Port of Oakland Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan.

Port environmental staff will review the plans annually for accountability, transparency, and partnering in support of tenants as they implement their plans, according to a Port of Oakland’s statement.

“We recognise there are technical and financial challenges to make major changes in operations,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director Bryan Brandes. “We will continue to partner with our maritime tenants to help them achieve success on getting to zero emissions.