The Port of Long Beach has signed on to the Shanghai-Los Angeles Green Shipping Corridor created to enable a zero-emissions trans-Pacific trade route.
The partnership intends to address the current climate change crisis and deliver urgent solutions to achieve net-zero shared goals by 2030.
Key decarbonisation goals for the Green Shipping Corridor partnership include:
- The phasing in of low, ultra-low, and zero-carbon fueled ships through the 2020s with the world’s first zero-carbon trans-Pacific container ships introduced by 2030 by qualified and willing shipping lines.
- The development of best management practices to help reduce emissions and improve efficiency for all ships using this international trade corridor.
- Reducing supply chain emissions from port operations, and improving air quality in the ports of Shanghai, Los Angeles and Long Beach, and adjacent communities.
“This initiative builds on important efforts our Port participates in, including the World Ports Climate Action Program, an international commitment to develop projects to address global warming and meet the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero.
“It also complements the Clean Air Action Plan and supports our shared goals to reduce carbon emissions and advance technologies, especially for vessels, which are our largest source of emissions.”
In May 2022, dockworkers and terminal operators across the port processed 890,989 TEU, a 1.8 per cent decline over May 2021, which remains Long Beach’s busiest ever month.