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Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Shanghai plan first trans-pacific green shipping corridor

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The Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Shanghai and some of the largest shipping lines in the world, with input from leading cargo owners, have developed a Green Shipping Corridor Implementation Plan Outline to accelerate emissions reductions on one of the world’s busiest container shipping routes.

The Plan development is supported by C40 Cities, the global network of mayors working to confront the climate crisis. C40 is the facilitator of the Green Shipping Corridor, providing support to the cities, ports and their corridor partners by coordinating, convening, facilitating, and providing communications support in furtherance of the corridor’s goals.

“C40 is proud to support this first-of-its-kind green shipping corridor aimed at demonstrating that zero-carbon shipping at scale is feasible by 2030, and that less polluting ships and ports will also mean cleaner air, less noise and more jobs for local communities,” commented Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40.

The creation of the first-ever green shipping corridor across the Pacific is taking shape and is an important step toward decarbonising the global supply chains with cutting-edge goods movement technologies, decarbonisation applications and best management practices to enhance efficiency, and catalyse technological, economic and policy efforts to progressively decarbonise shipping and port-related activities.

The carrier partners will begin deploying reduced or zero lifecycle carbon capable ships on the corridor by 2025, and work together to demonstrate by 2030 the feasibility of deploying the world’s first zero lifecycle carbon emission container ship(s). Carrier partners include CMA CGM, COSCO Shipping Lines Co., Ltd., Maersk, and ONE. Core partners include the Shanghai International Port (Group) Co., Ltd., the China Classification Society, and the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre of Asia.     

Participants of the Green Shipping Corridor Partnership will take steps to reduce carbon emissions by expanding use of shore power and supporting the development of clean marine fuelling infrastructure.