The Port of Hueneme (Calif.), and Port of Los Angeles have started a $3 million investment to provide “zero-emission avocados.”
The project is a result of a joint application from the ports for California’s Zero- and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) Grants, funded through the state’s Cap and Trade dollars.
That billion-dollar-plus initiative pays for greenhouse gas reducing projects. Funds will pay for electrical infrastructure to support electrical cranes and zero-emission cargo handling equipment, according to a Port of Hueneme news release. The port recently received $3 million from the program, and will add $200,000 of its own.
One of the port’s customers whose products will be moved from the ship to the shore with the new electric equipment is Mission Produce, Oxnard, Calif., for importing avocados. Officials from the City of Oxnard, Oxnard Chamber of Commerce and Port of Hueneme recently toured Mission’s new cold storage facility.
“We commend the ZANZEFF partners on finding innovative ways to reduce carbon footprint,” Steve Barnard, president and CEO of Mission Produce, said in the news release. “Mission prides itself on being an industry leader of innovation in the avocado category. It is great to have partners such as Port of L.A. and Hueneme who take the same type of initiative.”