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U.S. EPA Ports Primer for Communities

Ports Primer for Communities Office of Transportation and Air Quality (EPA-420-B-20-013). March 2020. An Overview of Ports Planning and Operations to Support Community Participation.

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Campaign: Stop LNG in Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach is considering plans to allow development of a new fossil fuel facility for ships powered by methane emitting liquefied natural gas (LNG). LNG is not a clean fuel. Port of Long Beach must stop
fossil fuel expansion and invest in a livable, just climate future during our most decisive decade on climate action.

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Policy Model: National Zero-Emission Shipping Policy – U.S. Clean Shipping Act 2022

Bring this to your national government! Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), along with original co-sponsor Congresswoman Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.), introduced H.R. 8336, the Clean Shipping Act of 2022. This bill becomes the first stand-alone legislation to zero out pollution from all ocean shipping companies that do business with the United States.

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Policy Model: City Zero-Emission Shipping Resolution – City of Los Angeles Resolution on Maritime Industry Decarbonization

Bring this to your local government! The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to adopt Councilmember Nithya Raman’s resolution calling on Los Angeles’ top maritime importers to commit to making all port calls to the San Pedro Port Complex, which includes the Port of Los Angeles, on 100% zero-emissions ships by 2030.

News + insights

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State of California Signals Need for Additional Measures to Tackle Toxic Pollution from Ocean-Going Vessels

Today, California’s chief climate and air pollution regulator released a report on the status of the state’s world-first regulation to end in-port pollution from fossil fuel vessels. The report by California Air Resources Board (CARB) shows the continued success of the state’s in-port pollution regulation in protecting California port and coastal communities from significant fossil fuel pollution by requiring certain vessels to plug into shorepower while docked at ports.

West Coast Governors Newsom, Inslee, Brown and B.C. Premier Horgan’s Climate Partnership Sets Sights on Port Electrification and Maritime Decarbonization

California Governor Newsom, Oregon Governor Brown, Washington Governor Inslee, and British Columbia Premier Hogan signed a new Statement of Cooperation (SOC), including a new initiative to pursue zero-carbon shipping and to decarbonize port equipment and operations.

UK legal obligations on international shipping

Emissions from the UK’s international shipping activities make up more than half of the UK’s total maritime emissions. However, the UK is proposing only to regulate emissions from the domestic fleet, stating in the recent Course to Zero consultation that responsibility for regulating international emissions lies with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).