Trans-Pacific shipping lane targeted as green corridor
Author: Stephanie Castaneda

In the attempt to transition to zero-carbon-fueled ships by 2030 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ports of Shanghai and Los Angeles have come together, hand in hand. This partnership is focused on phasing out fossil fuel-powered vessels and ramping up adoption of low- and zero-carbon fuel ships and technologies through the 2020s. The partnership aims to improve air quality in and around the port cities of Los Angeles and Shanghai while reducing emissions from port operations. It will also strive to develop a set of best management practices in terms of emissions and ship efficiency for international trade corridors.


It was decided that these two ports would work together based on cargo volume; the port of Los Angeles has been the busiest container port in the Western Hemisphere for the past 20 years, and its top trading partner in terms of cargo volume is China. In terms of container throughput, the Port of Shanghai is the world’s largest port.


The trans-Pacific corridor is the busiest container shipping lane in the world, making it an ideal shipping lane to focus on for one of the first green corridors. Setting up green corridors will be vital to enable early adoption of shipping decarbonization solutions.



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