What commitment will the ports make to developing new, clean technologies for use in port operations?
A major focus of the CAAP is the Technology Advancement Program, as detailed in Section 5.7 of the Technical Report. It is envisioned that the Technology Advancement Program would be the catalyst for identifying, evaluating, and demonstrating/piloting new and emerging emissions reduction technologies/strategies that could then be utilized in future updates to the Clean Air Action Plan as new control measures, alternatives to existing strategies, or as additional mitigation options for new projects that will ultimately result in significant reductions of DPM, NOx, and other criteria pollutants.
An additional component of the Technology Advancement Program is development of “Green Container” Transport Solutions. The Ports will be investing in hybrid, alternative-fueled, and electrical trucks for moving containers from the Ports. Once proven, the technologies will be moved forward as future mitigation measures. The two Ports have already released a joint RFP for advanced cargo transportation technology evaluation and comparison with regards to container transport to near dock rail facilities. Advanced technologies that will be evaluated include: linear induction motor systems, electric container conveyor systems including “maglev,” freight shuttle systems, aerospace freight options, etc. As part of this effort, the Ports will undertake design and construction of prototype systems of promising technologies.
The Ports have committed a minimum of $15 million to this program over the next five years.