Port of Long Beach executive director Mario Cordero last week declared 2023 the “Year of Imagination” for the port, saying that imaginative initiatives will drive it in its goal to become the world’s first zero-emissions seaport.
Among the projects planned, Cordero announced the port’s bid to assemble and manufacture offshore wind turbines that will increase the state’s supply of renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Citing the port’s track record of efforts and investments to improve air quality and natural harbour habitat, Cordero called on companies with strong environmental policies to choose the Port of Long Beach when shipping their goods and materials.
Building on nearly two decades of green initiatives, the port is establishing a Zero Emissions, Energy Resilient Operations program – known as ZEERO – to invest in projects aimed at reducing the impacts of operations and improving air quality.
Among its goals, the ZEERO program is intended to support the development of renewable energy projects, including the port’s proposed floating offshore wind staging and integration facility, known as “Pier Wind.” A conceptual assessment is scheduled for completion in spring 2023 for Pier Wind, which aims to become the largest facility specifically designed to accommodate the assembly of offshore wind turbines at any US seaport.
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