Ports Of Los Angeles, Long Beach Honor APL For Air Quality Leadership
By Pritha Dey
The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have given container shipping line APL their Clean Air Action Plan Award for fighting air pollution. Singapore-based APL was the only carrier recognized in the area of Air Quality Leadership at the Corporate Level.
It was the third major sustainability award for APL since the carrier announced in April it will cut carbon emissions 30 percent by 2015. The others include:
- The Osprey Award, the U.S. Coast Guard’s highest environmental honor; and
- The Seatrade Asia Awards Environmental Protection Award.
“APL has a company-wide environmental policy which sets objectives and targets for reducing the company’s environmental impact,” said the two Southern California ports.
They singled out APL for testing an innovative seawater scrubber device on one of its ships, using cleaner–burning low-sulphur fuel at berth to curb exhaust pollution, and for investing US$4 billion to bring “some of the world’s more energy-efficient ships, into its fleet.”
APL operates one of the largest marine terminals at the Port of Los Angeles. Port tenants and organizations that serve the ports are eligible for Clean Air Action Plan awards.