Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
- 9,000 premature deaths annually in CA from air pollution (PDF)
- By 2030, Ocean-going vessels will contribute about 40% of NOx and 48% of PM emissions from mobile sources (PDF)
- Emissions at ports, and along our goods movement corridors disproportionately affect lower income and disadvantaged communities.
- The energy that feeds this huge electric plug is from Hetch Hetchy hydroelectric dam; a zero carbon power source provided by San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
- Lifetime (30-yr) Emissions Reductions from this project will result in 2,285 tons NOx, 81 tons PM, and more than 100,000 tons of CO2 reduced.
- This project will greatly improve the health of the surrounding community by reducing incidences of asthma, cardiopulmonary diseases, lost school and work days, and premature mortality associated with exposure to diesel particulate matter. Monetary health benefits from this project alone equates to approximately $209 million dollars.
- 1,044 Mayors (including SF) have joined the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement; the Conference of Mayors recently issued a resolution supporting clean diesel, recognizing both the contribution of black carbon to climate change and the detrimental effects of diesel to human health (~21,000 deaths/yr, nationally).
More about the EPA and West Coast Collaborative:
The mission of EPA is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment -- air, water and land. EPA's Region 9 office works to protect public health and the environment in the southwestern United States (Arizona, California, Nevada, and Hawaii). EPA Region 9 also works with 147 federally recognized tribes in the Pacific Southwest.
The EPA, through the West Coast Collaborative, helped fund the electrification of the Port of San Francisco’s Pier 27, by awarding $1M to the Port to build the infrastructure to electrify the cruise ships that berth at the Pier – a technology known as “cold ironing” or shorepower permits refrigeration, cooling, heating, lighting, emergency equipment, and other electrical equipment to receive continuous electrical power (with design capacity of at least 16 megawatts for berthed cruise ships) while the ships load or unload its passengers or cargo. In the case of another shorepower project EPA helped fund this year in the Port of Los Angeles, EPA provided $1.2M to the Port of Los Angeles, to develop a non-grid-based shorepower technology, known as a flex-grid system, using Guascor engine generators fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), and which will be used at the APL cargo terminal.
The West Coast Collaborative is an ambitious partnership between leaders from federal, state, and local government, the private sector, and environmental groups committed to reducing diesel emissions along the West Coast. Partners come from all over Western North America, including California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Click here to learn more about our partners. The Collaborative is focused on creating, supporting and implementing diesel emissions reductions projects. To accomplish this goal, the Collaborative: Raises awareness of the need for diesel emissions reductions and the many highly successful state, tribal, local, and regional efforts that promote and support voluntary projects; Creates a forum for information sharing among diesel emissions reductions advocates, and works to leverage significant new resources to expand voluntary diesel emissions mitigation efforts; and implements projects that are regional in scope, leverage funds from a variety of sources, achieve measurable emissions reductions, and create momentum for future diesel emissions mitigation efforts.
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