The port has joined the Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems in an effort to get a share of federal funds for the establishment of a renewable hydrogen market in California.
“Creating a hydrogen center in California would help us achieve our zero-emission targets,” said Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. “With $8 billion in federal funds at our disposal, we want to make sure we have the strongest possible negotiating position to guarantee that California, and particularly the ports, receive their fair share. This moves the country’s shift to renewable energy in that direction.
Officials from the port, the city, the state, and the labor organization attended the partnership’s debut event on Thursday at the Port Administration Building.
In California’s effort to get financing for a hydrogen hub under the US Department of Energy’s Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs (H2Hubs) initiative, ARCHES will act as the lead applicant.
According to Sharon L. Weissman, president of the Long Beach Harbor Commission, “the Port of Long Beach has been a leader in sustainable seaport operations for nearly 20 years.” This kind of partnership has been essential to our success. For the maritime industry’s future and as we work toward the Port’s targets of zero-emissions cargo handling by 2030 and vehicles by 2035, green hydrogen is a crucial fuel.