The Port of Long Beach is committed to reducing air quality impacts associated with goods movement. Each year the Port conducts an annual inventory of air emissions from port-related sources, using the latest data and methodologies, to track progress for improving air quality and reducing health risks to surrounding communities, compared to 2005 levels.
In 2012, all of the key air pollutants from port-related sources were reduced. In addition to an 81 percent drop in diesel emissions, smog-forming nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides have been cut 54 percent and 88 percent respectively from 2005 levels. Greenhouse gases were lowered by 24 percent. The reduction in pollutants far outpaced a 10 percent decline in containerized cargo activity in the same period.