The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan has joined hands with the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, to pave the way for a green shipping corridor across the Pacific. The two entities have signed a letter of intent, which not only aims to establish the corridor but also to promote the use of zero-emission fuels.

“We applaud the newest collaboration between California and Japan to clean up our ports and end ship pollution, and we urge that their collaboration focus on driving immediate emissions reductions, scaling absolute zero well-to-wake emissions technologies and ultimately achieving 100% zero-emission shipping by 2040,” commented Allyson Browne, climate campaign manager for ports at the NGO Pacific Environment.

This agreement is not the first of its kind, as other green corridor pacts have been signed previously. Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Shanghai have signed similar agreements, and Singapore has also inked a deal. South Korea’s largest port, Busan, has already established a green corridor to the Port of Tacoma in November 2022.