California and Japan have recently signed an agreement to collaborate on “a new effort to work together to clean up a critical link in the global supply chain by collaborating on strategies to cut planet-warming pollution at seaports and establish green shipping corridors.”
This will result in the development of a “green shipping” corridor and the deployment of zero-emission hydrogen projects at California ports. California’s three largest ports and the Port of Oakland’s executives were present at the signing, where they discussed establishing further communication with the ports in Japan.
The California delegation also explored “Japan’s hydrogen development especially at the ports” and met with officials from Toyota Motors, which is spearheading the deployment of hydrogen trucks and cars. California is looking to diversify its zero-emission portfolio, and hydrogen could provide a zero-emissions fuel to meet the growing power demands on the grid. However, some challenges remain, such as supporting charging stations for harbor trucks that deliver and pick up containers and developing hydrogen from renewable energy sources instead of fossil fuels.