C40 Ports and Cities to Create Trans-Pacific Green Transportation Corridor

Ports of Shanghai and Los Angeles, along with major maritime players, have agreed to work on an initiative to establish a Green Sea Corridor to help decarbonize the movement of goods between the largest ports in the United States and China .

Convened by the C40 Cities Network, the partnership intends to work together to achieve these goals by developing a “Green Maritime Corridor Implementation Plan” by the end of 2022 which will include deliverables, milestones and roles for the partnership.

Trans-Pacific Green Sea Corridor

The partners report that it will be the world’s first Trans-Pacific Green Sea Corridor between ports in the United States and China.

Key decarbonization goals of the Green Shipping Corridor partnership include:

  • gradual introduction of low, ultra low and zero carbon ships during the 2020s, with the world’s first zero carbon transpacific container ships introduced by 2030 by qualified and willing shipping companies
  • the development of best management practices to help reduce emissions and improve the efficiency of all vessels using this international trade corridor.
  • reduce supply chain emissions from port operations, improve air quality in the ports of Shanghai and Los Angeles and adjacent communities.

The City of Shanghai, the City of Los Angeles, the Port of Shanghai (via the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission), the Port of Los Angeles and C40 Cities initiated this Green Shipping Corridor partnership. The Port of Los Angeles, under the leadership of Mayor Eric Garcetti, has been instrumental in developing the Los Angeles-Shanghai Green Shipping Corridor partnership.

“International collaboration is key to decarbonizing global supply chains”

Participating partners include AP Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Shanghai International Ports Group (SIPG), Cosco Shipping Lines, Aspen Institute’s Shipping Decarbonization Initiative, Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels (coZEV) facilitators, and the Maritime Technology Cooperation Center – Asian.

“International collaboration is key to decarbonizing global supply chains,” said Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles.

“We look forward to partnering with the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission, Shanghai International Port Group, major shipping companies and major cargo owners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the maritime supply chain. It is time to begin this important work.

The global shipping industry is responsible for 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Globally, greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry are expected to double by 2050. The establishment of green transport corridors is essential to enable the rapid adoption of long-term decarbonization solutions. for international maritime transport, especially along major routes.

The Trans-Pacific Corridor is the busiest container shipping route in the world. In 2020, ships moved 31.2 million 20ft equivalent containers – 21% of the global total – across the Pacific Ocean, according to figures from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (2021).

“There is an urgent need to accelerate efforts to decarbonize the shipping sector if we are to limit global warming to 1.5°C,” added Mark Watts, executive director of C40 Cities.

“By convening international coalitions of the willing and creating a scalable, replicable model for other cities to follow, we hope this groundbreaking green transportation corridor initiative will catalyze action on a global scale.

C40 is a network of 100 mayors from the world’s major cities working to provide the urgent action needed now to address the climate crisis and create a future where everyone, everywhere can thrive. Mayors of C40 cities pledged to use a science-based and people-centered approach to help the world limit global warming to 1.5°C and build healthy, equitable and resilient communities.

“By convening international coalitions of the willing and creating a scalable and replicable model for other cities to follow, we hope this groundbreaking green transport corridor initiative will catalyze action on a global scale”

The C40 Green Ports Forum, led by the City and Port of Los Angeles, connects port cities and ports around the world in implementing policies, programs and projects that mitigate air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from port activities, shipping and supply chains.

The Maritime Shipping Decarbonization Initiative (SDI) of the Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Program partners with leading companies and organizations around the world, tapping into an extensive network to drive the transition to maritime shipping at zero emissions and decarbonizing one of the most important sectors in the world. economy.

Through projects such as Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels, Aspen SDI unites multinational cargo owners to accelerate shipping decarbonization, raising the need for shipping decarbonization in the U.S. policy context and advancing implementation. implementation of zero-emission lifecycle transoceanic shipping corridors.