Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning
Port of Long Beach
The Port of Long Beach has a distinguished history as a leader in environmental and community stewardship. Under the direction of its landmark Green Port Policy, the Port is successfully addressing operational impacts to air, water, habitat and human health. The Port’s commitment to using the best available technologies to avoid or reduce negative environmental impacts and promote sustainability has resulted in a thriving community and a model to seaports around the world.
Aggressive air emission reduction programs have resulted in significant improvements in air quality at the Port. For example, diesel particulate air emissions have been reduced by 82% since the Green Port Policy was adopted in 2005. As the Port moves toward a zero-emission goal, its reliance on electrical power has dramatically increased. On-terminal electricity usage is predicted to quadruple by 2030, compared to 2005 levels. At the same time, the electrical grid is aging and the Port must protect against vulnerabilities to potential regional outages.
The Port of Long Beach’s Energy Island Initiative seeks to provide reliability, resiliency, and economic competitiveness to the Long Beach port complex and its marine terminal tenants via localized power generation and adequate fueling infrastructure to support clean transportation options. An “island” of renewable energy technologies and modular self-generation systems, utilizing low carbon technologies, load-controlling and energy storage strategies, will reduce the Port’s carbon footprint, stabilize energy costs, enhance the electrical grid, and provide stability and resiliency through its ability to operate in an interconnected mode or in isolation.
This program will assist the region in attracting new businesses, promoting good jobs and advanced technologies, ensuring customer retention at the Port, and providing reliable assets that can be used in the event of natural or man-made disasters. In addition, this program will benefit regional residents and other industries by adding additional capacity to the grid.
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