Zucchet is chair of the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners and normal supervisor of the San Diego Municipal Workers Affiliation, the town of San Diego’s largest worker union. He lives in Ocean Seashore.
The well being impacts attributable to a long time of trade and transportation progress between Interstate 5 and San Diego Bay on the communities of Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, Sherman Heights and western Nationwide Metropolis are unacceptable. That isn’t in query or up for debate. Cleaner air is required now, and the Port of San Diego is taking unprecedented motion to put out the roadmap for what it will possibly do to 1) additional scale back dangerous air pollution produced by maritime actions, 2) establish and commit funding to enhance the state of affairs, and three) take motion all concurrently and with urgency.
Earlier this month, the Board of Port Commissioners voted to approve essentially the most bold clear air coverage doc of its variety in California, our Maritime Clean Air Strategy. The doc lays out the Port’s imaginative and prescient of “Well being Fairness for All,” which represents our dedication to environmental justice.
Particularly, the technique requires daring targets corresponding to one hundred pc of all cargo vans calling on the Port and all cargo dealing with tools on the Port’s marine terminals to be zero-emission by 2030. These targets, targeted on lowering diesel particulate matter and different poisonous air pollution, are 5 years forward of the earliest targets set by the California Air Sources Board underneath orders from Gov. Gavin Newsom.
These targets would require important funding to attain, and the Port is losing no time making a down fee. On the identical assembly at which we authorized the Maritime Clear Air Technique, the Port board designated a good portion of our utility for federal stimulus funds to electrification. About one-quarter of the Port’s roughly $100 million ask can be used to buy a number of items of zero-emission electrical heavy-duty tools: cranes to switch the out of date diesel harbor crane at our Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, utility tractor rigs, drayage short-haul vans and medium- and heavy-duty vans for our personal fleet.
That is clearly a major dedication and spend, however way more can be wanted. The Maritime Clear Air Technique units up the Port and our waterfront companies to draw thousands and thousands extra in grants and investments from the state and federal governments within the coming years.
The Port has set the imaginative and prescient and targets, funding methods are in movement, and we’re taking instant and tangible motion.
Even earlier than the event of this technique started, the Port had began to impress cargo vans and heavy tools on our marine terminals with the assistance of our tenants and state and federal grants. We applied shore energy so ships can function utilizing electrical energy moderately than diesel engines whereas in port. We’ve invested in photo voltaic power, expanded set up of electrical automobile charging stations, and are about to get to work on placing in a microgrid at Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal.
Throughout the subsequent couple of years, we’ll be including much more shore energy at our cruise and cargo terminals, the primary all-electric tugboat within the U.S. can be stationed right here serving our cargo ships as they arrive into the bay, and our plan to make use of modern know-how alongside Harbor Drive to neatly handle truck site visitors passing via Barrio Logan and Nationwide Metropolis — known as “Harbor Drive 2.0” — is shifting ahead in partnership with Caltrans, the San Diego Affiliation of Governments and the town of San Diego.
These substantial investments are mandatory initiatives to decarbonize our maritime sector and reverse our reliance on fossil fuels. The Port will proceed to forge and strengthen strategic partnerships amongst authorities entities, companies, the group and different organizations to advance the know-how, construct the infrastructure, and implement clear air options.
We all know the Board’s motion on the Maritime Clear Air Technique and the targets we set are bold, particularly for our tenants. The Port doesn’t anticipate our tenants to go it alone. It’s going to take a staff effort, and we’re dedicated to working collectively.
Identical to the Port isn’t the one contributor to air emissions within the portside communities, we aren’t the one ones who can scale back them. What we are able to do is be leaders in our area and set an instance for others all through the state. By setting our imaginative and prescient and targets, we have now clearly established expectations for ourselves and for the individuals who do and wish to do enterprise with the Port, and to maintain our promise of well being fairness for all.