Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment

Toward Zero-Emission Freight at Southern California's Ports: Prospects, Pitfalls & Policy Needs

A conference on June 8 at UCLA Covel Commons will address how to achieve zero-emission freight at the ports of Southern California.

2018 Port COnference

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach bring more goods into the U.S. than any other ports in the country. Yet together the ports are the single largest source of air pollution in Southern California.

Harbor commissioners have adopted an ambitious plan to transition to cleaner fuels for freight in and around the ports in the next two decades, but achieving the vision for clean air will require answers to important questions:

  • What are the prospects and potential for various zero-emission technologies – including battery electrification – to reduce pollution?
  • How can finance, permitting and community engagement support the transition to cleaner fuels?
  • What new policy and industry actions are needed for cost-effective deployment? 

A daylong conference at UCLA Covel Commons on June 8, 2018 will feature speakers including the chair of California Air Resources Board, president of BYD Motors, CEO of Coalition for Clean Air, CEO of ProTerra, CEO of Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI)and representatives from:

  • Bank of America
  • California Trucking Association
  • Earthjustice
  • Port of Long Beach
  • Southern California Edison
  • Tesla Motors
  • Union of Concerned Scientists

Speakers will discuss issues industry, government and civil society leaders must address to reach zero-emission freight at the ports.

Agenda and registration. 

Event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. By attending this event, you may earn Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit in the amount of up to 5.75 hours of general credit.


  • Bank of America
  • UC Berkeley School of Law (Center for Law, Energy & the Environment)
  • UCLA School of Law (Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment)