Air Quality


We all have healthy air to breathe.

Los Angeles has made great strides in improving air quality since the 1970s, when it was known as the world capital for smog. But there’s still more we must do. L.A. has some of the dirtiest air in the nation. Vehicles emit 90 percent of the region’s air pollutants. Non-attainment days—days when air pollutants exceed federal standards—are still too frequent. The long-term solution lies in transitioning to zero-emission transportation. By making electric vehicles (EV) more convenient and practical, continuing to build out our region’s high-quality transit system, and moving to zero-emissions goods movement, we can drastically boost the city’s air quality.

Progress on 2017 Outcomes

More than 1,000 publicly available EV charging stations, with at least 100 (including DC fast chargers) on City property

As of January 2017, the City had 1,390 publicly accessible EV chargers, including 45 DC fast chargers—the most of any city in the U.S.

Execute four zero-emissions or PZEVs goods movement pilots within the Port of Los Angeles

The Green Omni Terminal Project has launched. Meanwhile multiple other pilots using EV yard tractors, EV trucks, ShoreCat emissions treatment systems, microgrid controls, 2.6 MWH battery storage, and 1 MW solar PV deployment are in progress.

Develop and complete Clean Air Action Plan 2.0 at the Port of Los Angeles

The San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan Discussion Document was released for public comment in November 2016. Mayor Garcetti urged the POLA board to set aggressive deadlines in order to ensure the ports meet the 2035 zero-emissions goal.

Expand alternative maritime power (AMP) and alternative low-emission compliance mechanisms (e.g., stock on the stack) to 70% of ships calling at the Port of Los Angeles

Through the end of 2016, the AMP percentage was at 56% of regulated calls.



Progress on 2025 Outcomes

Increase the percentage of electric and zero emissions vehicles in the City to 10%

In addition to growing consumer interest and demand for EVs, several City and private sector actions are moving LA toward this target, including LADWP’s EV rebates up to $4,000, increased publicly available chargers in LA to over 1,300, City fleet procurement of BEVs, private sector EV car share in Downtown LA, and EV car share for disadvantaged communities.

Increase percentage of Port- related goods-movement trips that use zero-emissions technology to at least 15%

The Mayor has created the Sustainable Freight Advisory Committee which is advancing proposals for new zero emissions pilots at the Port, and the current draft joint Clean Air Action Plan has set a 2035 target of zero emissions goods movement.

Where L.A. Is Leading

At over 1,300, L.A. has the most publicly available electric vehicle chargers of any U.S. city.

Feature Story

A Biofuel Breakthrough at LAX

Last year, LAX became America’s first airport to use pollution-reducing biofuels as part of its everyday operations. On March 11, 2016, United Airlines flight 708 departed Terminal 7 powered by a mix of 30 percent biofuel and 70 percent traditional fuel. The San Francisco-bound flight marks a milestone in commercial aviation—moving the industry beyond demonstrations and test programs to the commercial use of lower-carbon jet biofuel. LAX is only the second airport in the world to make the jump, the first being Oslo Airport in Norway.

In late 2016, KLM Airlines also began using biofuel on commercial flights out of LAX. Refined from sustainable feedstock, such as agricultural wastes and non-edible natural oils, the AltAir blend reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 60 percent on a lifecycle basis, yet is priced competitively with conventional, petroleum-based jet fuel. Going forward, United has agreed to purchase up to 15 million gallons of the sustainable biofuel over the next three years from refiner AltAir Fuels, based in from Paramount-based re nery. Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the City department that operates LAX, plans to evaluate the benefits associated with the use of jet biofuel and share the information with other airports.


“LAX and United Airlines have broken new ground with fuel that reduces carbon emissions by as much as 60 percent when compared to standard jet fuel. Today, we set a new standard for sustainability in aviation.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti

L.A. Ahead of the Pack in EV Chargers

With 1,390 installed throughout the city, Los Angeles has the most publicly available EV chargers of any city in America. In fact, LA has more than double the next closest city.


City Wins

Plugging into the City Lights

Streetlights across Los Angeles are turning into curbside EV chargers. Last year the Bureau of Street Lighting installed 30 EV chargers in otherwise ordinary streetlights, believed to be the first such installations in the U.S. Fifty more will come online in mid-2017, the majority in high-traffic areas and locations close to the Great Streets.

EV Car-sharing Comes to L.A.

BlueCalifornia, a subsidiary of French company Bolloré, was chosen to run the City’s EV car-sharing pilot program in Los Angeles. One hundred EVs and 200 dedicated charging stations will go into downtown, Westlake, MacArthur Park and parts of Koreatown. Users can check out and return electric vehicles at any charging station.

Watts Powers Up with Utility Poles

The L.A. Department of Water and Power (LADWP) installed a utility pole-mounted EV charger in Watts as part of a pilot program to expand EV infrastructure citywide. The curbside station is believed to be the first power pole-mounted EV charger in the country.


Partner Wins

No Charge for Charging at Cal State

Cal State LA’s EV Charging Policy now allows free charging with a valid parking permit at any Level 2 electric vehicle charging port. Currently the campus has 19 chargers, but 100 more are slated to come online over the next two years.

EV Incentives Educators

Thousands of low- and moderate-income Angelenos learned how they could afford to join the EV revolution thanks to incentives training sessions led by the Environment California Research & Policy Center at such events as National Drive Electric Week in Exposition Park and Eastside Sol in Boyle Heights.

UCLA BruinBus Goes All Electric

In September, UCLA replaced the last two diesel buses in its BruinBus transit fleet with zero-emissions electric buses. Five times more efficient and half as noisy as diesel, each EV bus represents a six-figure savings in yearly fueling and maintenance costs, say UCLA Transportation officials. The move is in step with the University of California’s system-wide goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2025.