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Southern CA ports lead the way for 'green' shipping

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023   

The importance of making ports and shipping more environmentally friendly was the topic of a town hall meeting on Tuesday. Three California members of Congress have introduced legislation to minimize greenhouse gases in shipping corridors.

Global emissions from boats and ships account for about 3% of total greenhouse gas emissions each year.

Alisa Kreynes, head of ports and shipping for C40 Cities, a nonprofit network of mayors around the world, said it is an expensive and challenging battle to clean up shipping corridors, but it must be done.

"The actors who commit to these green shipping corridor partnerships do share risks, but they also share benefits," Kreynes explained. "That's the only way we're going to align the shipping sector on a decarbonization pathway to 1.5. That means breaking down some of the traditional ways of doing business."

C40 Cities and Pacific Environment, along with the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, participated in the town hall.

When introducing the Clean Shipping Act of 2023, Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., said "California's port communities have been forced to shoulder the brunt of shipping pollution for too long." Other backers include Rep. Nanette Barragán, D-Calif., and Rep. Robert Garcia, D-Calif. The bill is endorsed by multiple environmental organizations.

C40 Cities has begun work on green shipping corridor programs not only with California ports, but with Shanghai and Singapore as well.

Dawny'all Heydari, climate campaign manager of advocacy for the nonprofit Pacific Environment, said without greener shipping ports, locals who live near them will suffer significant health problems, and some ports are already making headway.

"The San Pedro Bay Port has announced a number of green shipping corridors," Heydari pointed out, "to begin scaling low- and zero-emission fuels, and reduce and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and, by proxy, air pollution."

The American Lung Association has said the Los Angeles metropolitan area has some of the worst smog pollution in the nation. Emissions from oceangoing vessels are part of the problem.

Disclosure: Pacific Environment contributes to our fund for reporting on Climate Change/Air Quality, Energy Policy, and Oceans. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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