Los Angeles, heading to a green growth leadership ?
This huge smog covered for a long time the metropolis of Los Angeles. Less frequent today, it always reappears while pollution peaks.
Despite large efforts made by local authorities, the territory specificities and the inhabitants’ habbits of Los Angeles lead to one of the highest air pollution in United States
The location of the american metropolis, in a basin in front of the southern california mountains, doesn’t enable wind flows to clean the air.
Its economic dynamism has made the city of Angels the most industrialized region of the United States with more then 470 000 jobs, in 2012 (source cleantech), in the apparel, computer and food industries.
Shipping traffic brings to Los Angeles 43% of the american imports (3rd world container traffic). All the means of transport, used to carry goods within the harbour (boat, trucks), still work with gas engines.
With its 8 million cars registered, inhabitants are still strongly dependant on their car. Mass transit improvements haven’t helped enough yet to change mentalities. Only 10% of the population use them, the rest preferring the highways going throught the Great LA.
Five airports are spread out on Los Angeles’ territory. The international airport attracts the main part of the air traffic. In 2010, 666 938 planes took off and landed there, making it the 3rd world airport in terms of moves.
Facing up all these today’s challenges, local authorities decided to focus on a green growth strategy for the the Great LA.
In the master plan « Los Angeles 2035 », a project consisted on a city-centre revitalization in order to make it a clean technologies cluster : the « Cleantech Corridor ».
Development and research centers, cleantech manufacturies and a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) neighbourough will be built welcoming researchers, engineersn businessmen and designers.
Los Angeles seems to be the right metropolis to drive this colossal project.
Challenged by large air pollution issues, the metropolis must quickly comes up with sustainable solutions to give to its inhabitants the best living conditions possible.
Its intellectual base, three world known universities Caltech/JPL, UCLA, et USC, will be essential on research works.
The economic and demographic size of the megalopolis will guarantee an access to a market large enough to generate a vital demand for the « Cleantech Corridor » profitabilty.
Developing this cluster, the Great Los Angeles wants to become the world leader in green Growth.