The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has awarded $3 million to the Port of Hueneme to fund their ship to shore zero emission energy project. This project was a part of a joint application with the Port of Los Angeles for the statewide Zero- and Near Zero- Emission Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) Grant solicitation funded through the state’s Cap and Trade dollars. Cap and Trade is a statewide initiative that puts billions of dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Port will provide a $200,000 match to the grant funding for a total project cost of $3.2 million.
“This type of funding allows our ports to continue to lead the world in reducing emissions and implementing green initiatives,” said Mary Anne Rooney, President of the Oxnard Harbor District. “It was a pleasure to partner with the Port of Los Angeles on this application, as it is a great example of how two ports, two air districts, two counties, and various private partners can come together to make real positive impacts for our environment and local communities.”
The spirit of collaboration will continue as the equipment funded through the ZANZEFF grant will be utilized by the Port’s private customers to transport their cargo from the ship to the shore. This segment of the Port’s goods movement supply chain will now have the capability to be completely zero-emission. Kristin Decas, CEO & Port Director elaborated, “The projects funded by this grant will lay the foundation for the next phase of green infrastructure and equipment at the Port, which will support electric cranes, electric cargo handling equipment, and a hydrogen-fuel-cell truck dedicated to moving our customer’s fresh produce to the market place. You will be seeing zero-emission avocados, bananas, and pineapples coming out of the Port soon!” In addition to the two electric yard trucks, the Port’s project will largely include the infrastructure to make charging electric cargo handling equipment feasible on-dock.
“It is encouraging to see the state investing dollars in disadvantaged communities like those surrounding the Port,” stated Jess Ramirez, Secretary of the Oxnard Harbor District. “As a generator of over 13,600 jobs, the Port can continue to reduce air emissions even further and transition to zero-emission handling equipment, all while creating jobs and enhancing the level of service we provide to our customers at the Port of Hueneme.” The Port would like to thank the grants team of the Port of Hueneme and Port of Los Angeles for their work to secure this funding.