Ports of LA and Shanghai join forces to create green shipping corridor

The Port of Los Angeles (LA) has Agreed working with the Port of Shanghai to form a Trans-Pacific Green Maritime Corridor as part of an effort to reduce emissions from one of the busiest cargo routes.

Convened by the two ports and C40 Cities, the partnership will seek to develop a plan by the end of the year.

The “Green Transportation Corridor Implementation Plan” will include specific deliverables, milestones and roles in the partnership.

Several other maritime actors, including shipping companies and a network of shipowners, are also part of the initiative.

The collaboration aims to gradually transition to low, ultra-low and zero carbon vessels during this decade.

It also seeks to develop best management practices that will help improve the efficiency of all vessels using the corridor, as well as reduce emissions.

LA and Shanghai also aim to simultaneously reduce supply chain emissions from their port operations.

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said, “International collaboration is key to decarbonizing global supply chains. We look forward to partnering with the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission, Shanghai International Port Group, major shipping lines and major cargo owners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the maritime supply chain. It is time to begin this important work.

C40 Cities Executive Director Mark Watts said: “There is an urgent need to accelerate efforts to decarbonise 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.

C40 is a network of cities around the world working together to fight climate change.

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