The US Port of Long Beach will join port authorities in Los Angeles; Rotterdam in the Netherlands; Hamburg in Germany; Barcelona in Spain; Antwerp in Belgium; and Vancouver in Canada.
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. For us to make an impact, it really needs to be a global impact. Improving the air quality in Southern California is important, but we need to work together globally to make a real difference when it comes to dealing with climate change,
...said Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach.
In particular, the World Ports Climate Action Program focuses on five specific actions:
- Increase efficiency of supply chains using digital tools
- Advance common and ambitious policy approaches aimed at reducing emissions within larger geographic areas
- Accelerate development of renewable energy for shore power, and other zero-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 the ports
To achieve those goals, each port 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 developing clean technologies for the shipping and logistics industry.