The Port of Los Angeles has signed separate Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the Ports of Tokyo and Yokohama in Japan, to cooperate on sustainability and environmental issues.
The agreements were inked by officials from the Californian port during the 2023 California Japan Clean Energy Trade Mission, which was headed by California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis and Dee Dee Myers, director of the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development.
“The MOUs signed this week between the Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Tokyo, and the Port of Yokohama epitomise the strong relationship between California and Japan and our shared commitment to tackling climate change,” said Lieutenant governor Eleni Kounalakis.
According to the statement, Tokyo and Yokohama ports have also decided to form a Green Shipping Corridor (GSC) collaboration with the Port of Los Angeles in the coming year, with the goal of lowering emissions along their respective trade routes and supporting low- and zero-carbon ships and fuels. GSC agreements have already been formed by the Port of Los Angeles with the ports of Shanghai and Singapore.
In addition, the port of Los Angeles stated that the week-long 2023 California-Japan Clean Energy Trade Mission kicked off on 11 March and is aimed at companies in the clean energy sector looking to investigate answers to climate change, renewable energy, zero-emission technologies, and other sustainable goods and services.