The Port of Long Beach has joined the World Ports Climate Action Programme, an eco-friendly initiative that reaffirms its commitment to the Paris Agreement.
Long Beach will join six other port authorities in signing up to the project – Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Barcelona, Antwerp and Vancouver – who did so on September 14.
The World Ports Climate Action Programme focuses on five specific actions:
- Increase efficiency of supply chain using digital tools
- Advance common and ambitious policy approaches aimed at reducing emissions with larger geographic areas
- Accelerate development of renewable energy for shore power, and other zeo-emission solutions
- Accelerate development of commercially viable low-carbon fuels for maritime transport, and infrastructure for electrification of ship propulsion systems
- Accelerate efforts to eliminate fossil fuel use in cargo-handling facilities in ports
Each port has agreed to work with government regulators and maritime industry stakeholders to develop policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, along with providing financial support in building clean technologies for the shipping and logistics industries.
Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach, said: “This partnership helps to raise awareness about global warming throughout the port industry and ensures that we are working toward the same goals on an international scale”.
Tracy Egoscue, President of the Long Beach Board of Harbour Commissioners, also commented: “The Port of Long Beach’s approach to growing in a sustainable and responsible manner is creating good jobs while preserving our environment.
“Joining this coalition of forward-thinking ports will allow us to both contribute and innovate at a faster pace.
“We are the Green Port of the Future and by joining this coalition we continue to lead our industry to a sustainable future.”