Friday, July 25, 2014

Port of Shanghai and Port of Los Angeles ally on shore power

This month the Port of Los Angeles announced an eco-partnership with the Port of Shanghai, formed primarily to share the information, technical expertise and best practices that will facilitate the expansion of shore power at the Chinese port.

The signing ceremony marked the end of a meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, co-chaired by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, China's Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, the statement said. The two nations come together each year to address mutual challenges and opportunities on a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues.

"We are honored to share our knowledge and experience with the Port of Shanghai and support this progressive environmental initiative at the world's largest port," said Gene Seroka, the new executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. "We are especially thrilled to do so under the EcoPartnership Program, which is endorsed by the highest levels of both governments." 

The U.S.-China EcoPartnership Program builds on the goals of the 10-Year Framework for Cooperation on Energy and the Environment established in 2008. The Los Angeles-Shanghai agreement was one of six new eco-partnerships signed during the 2014 session, adding to 24 partnerships previously created to encourage collaboration on electricity, water, air, transportation, wetlands, nature reserves and protected areas, and energy efficiency. 

The Port of Los Angeles will share knowledge about regulations, rules, standards, policies, electricity rates and incentive programs to promote shore power. Shanghai will draw on Los Angeles' technical expertise and decade of experience to build its shore power pilot program at large container terminals and cruise terminals in Shanghai.

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