The Port of Long Beach (POLB) has been recognised as “Best Green Seaport” at the annual 28th Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards by the Cargonews Asia shipping trade publication.
POLB has a nearly ten year old green port policy and has succeeded in reducing its impact on the community, wildlife and the environment. This includes a dramatic improvement in air and water quality with an array of environmental initiatives that include the Clean Trucks, Green Flag Vessel Speed Reduction and Technology Advancement programmes.
“The Port of Long Beach has made great strides in reducing air pollution and improving water quality, and we are committed to doing even more,” said Doug Drummond, president, Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners.
The “Green Seaport” Asian Freight & Supply Chain Award is reserved for ports that have “demonstrated compliance with green freight transport regulations and environmental standards; investment in green initiatives, technology and action plans; incorporation of environmental requirements in strategic planning; use of a policy on reducing fuel emissions from freight handling operations; and ongoing training of staff in green initiatives and in measures to lower carbon footprints.”
A winner is selected based on an annual poll of thousands of professionals in freight transportation services. Awards also are given in many categories, including best shipping lines, container terminals, air cargo terminals, airports and rail haulers.