Port of Oakland advances green initiatives

Port of Oakland makes progress on green initiatives

A delegation of Japanese Ministry officials and representatives from the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) have met with the Port of Oakland to discuss green initiatives to reach zero emissions from seaport operations.

The meeting was a follow-up to a clean energy trade mission to Japan last March where California policymakers, decisionmakers, and business executives met to exchange ideas about tackling climate change, growing green energy, and creating new investment and trade opportunities.

Japan’s Director General of Ports and Harbor Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Osamu Horita, spoke on Japan’s efforts to create Carbon Neutral Ports by 2050.

Meanwhile, port officials shared information on the electrification of the Oakland Seaport, the turning basins widening project and the Seaport Gateway project, all intended to increase efficiency and reduce congestion while reducing emissions.

Port officials also touched on grant funding applications to help finance green initiatives that support cutting diesel emissions and greenhouse gases from its maritime operations.

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“We are excited for the opportunity to join in this partnership to pursue our shared goal of decarbonising port operations,” said President of the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners Barbara Leslie.

“We hope this new collaborative effort will deepen cooperation in our industry to reach our zero-emissions goal set in our Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan that our Board unanimously adopted four years ago.”

“For the Port of Oakland’s part, we are proud of the progress we have been able to achieve to drastically reduce emissions from port maritime operations including diesel particulate matter by 86 per cent,” Leslie added.

In January, the Port of Oakland’s stake in a newly expanded solar array at Antelope Valley Solar Ranch came online.

More recently, the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners approved an environmental ordinance that requires tenants who operate cargo-handling equipment (CHE) to create a plan for converting CHE to zero-emissions.

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