Ports of Los Angeles, Tokyo and Yokohama pen sustainable initiatives

Drone shot of the front gate of a container terminal in the Port of Los Angeles on a sunny day. Trucks are lined up to leave and enter, and in the background massive container ships are sitting in their berths being loaded and unloaded by cranes.  

Authorization was obtained from the Los Angeles Harbor Department and Los Angeles Port Police for this operation in restricted airspace.

The Port of Los Angeles has entered into separate Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with the Port of Tokyo and the Port of Yokohama to work on sustainability and environmentalism at the ports.

The MoUs were finalised during the 2023 California Japan Clean Energy Trade Mission.

The two agreements include the testing and deployment of zero-emission vehicles, cargo handling equipment, vessels, exploring energy use, and alternative energy sources.

The agreements also cover the parties cooperating on initiatives related to pollution-reduction technologies for terminals, ocean-going vessels, and drayage trucks.

READ: California, Japan collaborate on decarbonisation and green shipping

The ports of Tokyo and Yokohama have also agreed to establish a Green Shipping Corridor (GSC) partnership with the Port of Los Angeles in the coming year.

This initiative is aimed at reducing emissions along its respective trade routes and promoting low and zero-carbon ships and fuels, according to the Port of Los Angeles.

The US port has already established GSC partnerships with the ports of Shanghai and Singapore.

READ: Port of Los Angeles comes in shy of 10 million TEU

Allyson Browne, Climate Campaign Manager for Ports, Pacific Environment, said: “We urge these ports to focus on mandatory enforcement of the green shipping corridors, with interim targets to peak shipping emissions by 2025 and halve shipping emissions by 2030, in order to achieve 100 per cent zero-emission shipping by 2040.”

This announcement comes a week after Port of Los Angeles officials broke ground on the $10.3 million Front Street Beautification Project on the LA Waterfront in a ceremonial launch.

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