Long Beach Container Terminal on Feb. 9 released its Net Zero Action Plan to make its operations emission-free by 2030.
The Net Zero Plan includes goals toward further greening operations and investing an estimated $200 million, much of it toward zero-emission equipment and infrastructure, along with renewable energy such as on-site power generation, according to the company.
LBCT is already using electric dual-hoist cranes, battery-operated container ground movers and other clean-energy cargo handling equipment, which has resulted in annually lowering greenhouse gas emissions by over 80% while quadrupling annual capacity to 3.3 million containers, according to the company.
“LBCT continues to set the industry standard in terms of its commitment to deploying zero emission technologies in the maritime sector,” Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero said. “With the recent release of its Net Zero Action Plan, they are providing a blueprint for carrying that environmental commitment into the next decade.”
LBCT CEO Anthony Otto commented that while climate change poses a significant threat to the movement of goods worldwide, it also presents an opportunity.
“At LBCT, we’ve clearly demonstrated that through the adoption of green-energy heavy equipment and operations it is possible to dramatically increase our cargo handling capacity while simultaneously reducing emissions,” he said. “Our significant investments are now paying dividends.”