Port of Los Angeles partners with Chinese port for green shipping corridor

the Port of Los Angeles has partnered with China’s largest port to establish the world’s first Trans-Pacific Green Shipping Corridor.

As part of a project organized by C40 Cities, the Ports of Los Angeles and Shanghai will work with leading industry partners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the movement of goods on one of the routes of busiest container shipping in the world.

The newly announced partnership will strive to achieve its main objectives by developing a “Green Shipping Corridor Implementation Plan” by the end of 2022, which will include deliverables, milestones and roles for the partnership.

This plan includes key decarbonization goals, including:

  • The gradual introduction of low, ultra-low and zero carbon ships in the 2020s, with the world’s first trans-Pacific zero carbon 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 port operations supply chain emissions, improve air quality in the Ports of Shanghai and Los Angeles and adjacent communities.

The City of Shanghai, City of Los Angeles, Port of Shanghai (represented by the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission), Port of Los Angeles and C40 Cities initiated the coalition.

Participating partners already include AP Moller – Maersk (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 Center for Maritime Technology Cooperation – Asia.

“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.

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

Dan Porterfield, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, also said, “The Aspen Institute is proud to support this important international collaboration.

“Through our initiative to decarbonize shipping and in our role as a facilitator of the Cargo Owners for Zero-Emission Vessels initiative, we look forward to working with our partners to help enable the deployment of the first zero-emissions powered vessels of greenhouse gases throughout their life cycle. fuels along this critical maritime route and to make this green corridor project a model of success for the rest of the world.

“It is inspiring that the United States and China have come together in this way to address the climate impact of this crucial global industry.”

The Port of Los Angeles is just one of the ports committed to greener operations and promoting sustainability. This is reflected in its air quality action plan, which aims to operate a zero-emissions fleet by 2030.

“Now is the time to tackle decarbonization and greenhouse gases,” Seroka said in the latest episode of PTI’s “In Conversation With” series. “The way to achieve this is to achieve zero emissions.

“In June 2017, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garett decided that we would be a zero-emissions terminal port complex by 2030 and a zero-emissions heavy-duty port by 2030. ‘by 2035 right now. the ground.’