Port of Oakland calls for zero-emissions cargo-handling plans from tenants
The Oakland board of port commissioners approved an environmental ordinance at its March 9 meeting. The port law includes requiring tenants that operate cargo-handling equipment to create a plan for converting the equipment to zero emissions.
“The entire port board is committed to decarbonising operations at port facilities,” said Port Board President Barbara Leslie. “This ordinance calls for our seaport tenants to develop a plan to reach zero emissions from cargo-handling operations. It’s a commitment to Oakland and the region that we take very seriously.”
Port of Oakland tenants have until December 31, 2023, to create a cargo-handling-equipment conversion plan. The ordinance will allow the port to work collaboratively with its business partners to support an efficient and timely transition to zero emissions.
“Our goal is to grow the port with operations, equipment and vehicles fueled 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.”
“We recognize 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.”
Port environmental staff will review the plans annually for accountability, transparency and partnering in support of tenants as they implement their plans.