Green Omni Terminal at Port of Los Angeles to Demonstrate Zero Emission Technologies

The Port of Los Angeles, in partnership with Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals L.P., is launching the Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project, a full-scale, real-time demonstration of zero and near-zero emission technologies at a working marine terminal.

Green Omni Terminal at Port of Los Angeles

Green Omni Terminal at Port of Los Angeles (photo – portla.org)

Funded in part by a $14.5 million California Air Resources Board (CARB) grant for reducing greenhouse gases and other pollutants, this will be the world’s first marine terminal able to generate all of its energy needs from renewable sources.

The clean energy technologies being implemented on this project are expected to reduce more than 3,200 tons per year of greenhouse gases and nearly 28 tons annually of diesel particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and other harmful emissions – equivalent to taking 14,100 cars a day off the road in the South Coast Air Basin.

The highlight of the project is a 1.03 megawatt photovoltaic rooftop array and a 2.6 megawatt-hour battery storage system, along with bi-directional charging equipment that can receive as well as supply power, and an energy management control system.

In addition to integrating zero-emission vehicles and cargo-handling equipment, the project’s goals are to reduce emissions at berth from non-regulated ships, and accelerate the development of commercially viable zero and near-zero emission equipment and solutions.

Jeffrey Burgin, Senior Vice President of Pasha, said in a statement that “We’re going to be the proving ground to change the paradigm of how large industrial facilities can run on clean energy. We’re confident we can show this is absolutely attainable.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti likewise noted that “The Port of Los Angeles is leading the world toward a sustainable future, and today we’re raising the bar again.”

CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols added that “It is exciting to see a project with so many emerging zero or near-zero emission solutions for handling and moving freight.”

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka focused on the how the project will impact the surrounding community. “The Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project is a great example of moving forward to achieve greater emission reductions from port-related sources and improving air quality for those who live in the neighborhoods next to the port,” said Seroka.

The Green Omni Terminal is located adjacent to Wilmington, a community recognized by the state as disproportionately impacted by industrial pollution.

The total cost of the project is $26.6 million. The $14.5 million CARB grant accounts for more than 60 percent of the total available funding out of nearly $24 million in state grants available to reduce greenhouse gases and pollutants from facilities with multiple emissions sources. This program is part of the California Climate Investments, which use proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing a variety of additional benefits to California communities.

Sustainability is a key focus for the Port of Los Angeles, which facilitated $270 billion in trade last year, making it North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value. Port operations and commerce have an outsize impact on Los Angeles economic development, facilitating more than 133,000 jobs (about one in 14) in the City of Los Angeles and 479,000 jobs (one in 18) in the five-county Southern California region.

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