Port of Oakland officials joined a delegation of Californian policymakers, decisionmakers, and business executives in Japan last week to work on incorporating more clean energy.
The delegation was led by California Lieutenant Governor, Eleni Kounalakis, and Dee Dee Myers, Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.
The group exchanged ideas about tackling climate change, clean energy economies, and creating new investment and trade opportunities, according to a statement the port released.
The week-long trip featured various forums on climate collaboration, trade, and investment opportunities.
It also involved visits to the Port of Kobe hydrogen terminal, and energy innovation companies like Panasonic, Toyota, and the Fujimi Waste-to-Energy Plant.
Events included the California-Japan Climate Summit, California Trade and Investment Forum, a visit to the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (AmCham), and Smart Energy Week exhibition, the port reported.
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“We enjoyed the exchange of information, technology, and best practices that will complement our efforts to create a zero-emissions port in Oakland,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director, Danny Wan.
Japan accounts for 17 per cent of exports from the Port of Oakland.
This announcement comes less than two weeks after California Japan announced a new partnership aimed at cutting emissions at seaports and establishing green shipping corridors.
In January 2023, the Port of Oakland’s stake in a newly expanded solar array at Antelope Valley Solar Ranch aimed at delivering renewable energy to the port went 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.