PRESS RELEASE: COUNCILMEMBER RAMAN INTRODUCES RESOLUTION CALLING FOR TRANSITION TO 100% ZERO EMISSION SHIPPING AT PORT OF LOS ANGELES BY 2030

For Immediate Release: October 5, 2021

COUNCILMEMBER RAMAN INTRODUCES RESOLUTION CALLING FOR TRANSITION TO 100% ZERO EMISSION SHIPPING AT PORT OF LOS ANGELES BY 2030

LOS ANGELES — Today, Councilmember Nithya Raman introduced a resolution calling on Los Angeles’ top maritime importers — including Walmart, Ashley Furniture, Target, Dole, Home Depot, Chiquita, IKEA, Amazon, Samsung, Nike, LG, Redbull, Family Dollar, Williams-Sonoma, and Lowes— to commit to making all port calls to the San Pedro Port Complex, which includes the Port of Los Angeles, on 100% zero-emissions ships by 2030. The resolution also would include in the City of Los Angeles’s 2021-2022 State Legislative Program support for legislation or administrative action to rapidly decarbonize the maritime shipping industry and to create zero-emission shipping corridors along the California coast, the West Coast of the United States, and across the trans-Pacific trade route. 

The international shipping industry is one of the world’s largest climate polluters, emitting 1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide a year, more than all coal plants in the U.S. combined. As home to the largest port in the nation, Los Angeles receives 40% of all containerized cargo imports to the United States coming through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. 

“Pollution from ships often goes overlooked in our greater conversations on climate change, but the reality is that ship pollution contributes to an estimated 260,000 premature deaths each year globally, and at least 1,300 premature deaths annually in Los Angeles and Long Beach alone,” said Councilmember Raman. “Our low-income communities of color living near ports are suffering from higher rates of childhood asthma, cancer, and more, and we simply do not have time to waste to reverse the damage. This resolution is one step towards ensuring we are doing everything in our power to create healthy, breathable port communities.”

"With the horrific oil spill in beautiful Huntington Beach, with extreme climate impacts worsening every day around the world, as we reduce the City’s emissions through our LA100 renewable energy and Climate Emergency Mobilization Office efforts, we must include every sector related to the City in our scope,” said Councilmember Paul Koretz, who seconded the resolution. “Zero emissions shipping is essential to our success in keeping our climate safe and Los Angeles habitable for generations to come.”

“Thank you to Los Angeles Councilmembers Raman and Koretz for leading the way towards a zero-emissions future for ocean shipping at the Port of Los Angeles,” said Dawny’all Heydari, Ship It Zero Campaign Lead, Pacific Environment. “For months, port-adjacent communities have been pummeled by increased pollution from fossil-fueled ships idling in and around the San Pedro Bay ports carrying an unprecedented amount of cargo from major retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Target, and IKEA. The City of Los Angeles and State of California have led the way in clean cars and vehicles, now it’s time to get serious about ships.”

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