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August 22, 2017

Port of Los Angeles emissions at record low despite peak in freight

The Port of Los Angeles announced that it achieved record clean air gains while moving more cargo than ever According to the Port's 2016 Inventory of Air Emissions the Port surpassed its 2020 goal for reducing the health risk of emissions from port-related activity.

Calendar year 2016 marked the Port's highest reduction of all key pollutants. Since the Port's baseline inventory in 2005, diesel particulate matter (DPM) emissions have fallen 87 percent, sulfur oxides (SOx) emissions have plummeted 98 percent, and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions have dropped 57 percent.

During the same period, the Port moved more than 8.85 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), maintaining its ranking as the Western Hemisphere's No. 1 container seaport and surpassing the Port's earlier record of nearly 8.47 million TEUs set in 2006. The 2016 peak represents an 18 percent increase in cargo since the 2005 baseline inventory.

DPM emissions are also used to assess health risk. The Port met its 2020 goal in 2014 when it lowered DPM emissions 85 percent. With an 87 percent reduction in health risk in 2016, the Port continues to exceed its 2020 goal.

Source: Port of Los Angeles