Pacific Environment Applauds Historic Oceans Treaty

United Nations conference chair and Singapore’s Ambassador for Oceans and Law of the Sea Issues Rena Lee announced a historic international treaty to protect the high seas, which covers nearly half the planet. This deal is seen as vital to conserving 30% of the world’s lands and ocean by 2020, as agreed to by about 190 … Read more

Pacific Environment Applauds Confirmation of Yana Garcia as Secretary for Environmental Protection

SACRAMENTO (February 29, 2023) – Today, Yana Garcia was confirmed  by the CA Senate Rules Committee as the Secretary of Environmental Protection for the State of California, where she oversees the state’s efforts to fight climate change. Secretary Garcia has a proven track record of environmental leadership and advocacy. She has served in numerous roles … Read more

Go hard and early: UN’s historic opportunity to act on shipping

The stage is set for the UN to finally call time on greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping, following a week of climate talks at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London. While the IMO failed to adopt a concrete shipping decarbonisation target for shipping this week, there was widespread support for eliminating the industry’s … Read more

New report calls on South Korea to accelerate shipping decarbonization

Seoul, South Korea (December 13, 2022) – Today, Solutions for Our Climate (기후솔루션) and Pacific Environment released a new report that provides an achievable vision for green shipping and a zero-emission future for the Korean shipping industry. Shipping is the bloodline of South Korea’s economy, with 99.7% of South Korea’s imports and exports transported by … Read more

UN Shipping Agency Inches Towards 2030 Emission Reduction Goal

This week’s round of technical talks at the UN’s maritime regulator showed countries are prepared to phase out shipping emissions by 2050. More crucially, support appears to be building for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to also adopt an ambitious 2030 interim target for cutting emissions from ships. On the question of strengthening the 2050 … Read more

State of California Signals Need for Additional Measures to Tackle Toxic Pollution for Ocean-Going Vessels

​​​​​​​ Today, California’s chief climate and air pollution regulator released a report on the status of the state’s world-first regulation to end in-port pollution from fossil fuel vessels. The report by California Air Resources Board (CARB) shows the continued success of the state’s in-port pollution regulation in protecting California port and coastal communities from significant … Read more

New California Climate Roadmap Includes Clean Energy Propulsion Goal for Ocean-Going Vessels

SACRAMENTO (November 17, 2022) – Yesterday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its final 2022 Scoping Plan, the state’s five-year roadmap for achieving its climate goals. After months of consultation with climate experts and advocates, as well as intervention from Governor Newsom, the plan reflects some significant improvements, including the initiation of an interagency process to … Read more

Environmental and Industry Organizations Urge Congress to Pass Bill to Zero Out Shipping Pollution 

Washington, D.C. (November 17, 2022) – Today, a group of 31 environmental and community organizations and 13 industry organizations sent letters to Democratic leadership in Congress calling on them to support the Clean Shipping Act of 2022 (H.R. 8336). Introduced by Representatives Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) and Nanette Barragán (CA-44) in July, the bill aims to … Read more

Pacific Environment Thanks Secretary Kerry, Biden Administration for Elevating Global Shipping Decarbonization at COP27

Sharm El Sheikh (November 7, 2022) – Today at COP27, the United States and Norway launched a global Green Shipping Challenge, creating a platform for more than two dozen commitments to accelerate ship decarbonization and keep the 1.5 degree climate goal alive. Pacific Environment commends the U.S. and Norway, specifically U.S. Presidential Envoy for Climate Secretary … Read more

West Coast Governors Newsom, Inslee, Brown and B.C. Premier Horgan’s Climate Partnership Sets Sights on Port Electrification and Maritime Decarbonization

San Francisco, Calif. (October 6, 2022) – California Governor Newsom, Oregon Governor Brown, Washington Governor Inslee, and British Columbia Premier Hogan signed a new Statement of Cooperation (SOC), including a new initiative to pursue zero-carbon shipping and to decarbonize port equipment and operations. The U.S. West Coast states and B.C. have some of the world’s … Read more

Unregulated, Polluting Cargo Giant MSC Moves Ocean Shipping to the Skies

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (September 26, 2022) – MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA announced that it has started developing a new MSC Air Cargo line on top of its container shipping service. The privately-held giant shipper headquartered in Geneva Switzerland announced an intent to start its air freight service in 2023, with the first of four MSC-branded … Read more

Climate Advocates, Community Groups: Target Shipping Commitment Step in the Right Direction, But Not Enough

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (September 22, 2022) – Global retail giant Target joined other big retailers, including Amazon and IKEA, in a landmark commitment to move its products off of fossil-fueled ocean cargo ships by 2040 as part of the Aspen Institute’s Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels initiative. Environmental organizations with the Ship It … Read more

Ship It Zero Resolution passes Minneapolis City Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Gwen Dobbs, Pacific Environment, [email protected], 202-329-9295 Ship It Zero Resolution passes Minneapolis City Council MINNEAPOLIS (September 8, 2022) — Today, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a Ship It Zero resolution 12-0. Minneapolis City Council President Andrea Jenkins and City Council Member Robin Wonsley Worlobah co-introduced the resolution on September 6, … Read more

Policymakers Demand an End to Ocean Shipping Pollution

LONG BEACH, Calif. (September 1, 2022) – U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) and Edie Chang, Deputy Executive Officer of Planning, Freight & Toxics Division at the California Air Resources Board spoke at a Community Town Hall moderated by Joe Lyou, president and CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air. The event was hosted by Pacific … Read more

Pacific Environment Calls on President Biden to Deliver Climate Emergency Executive Order, End Fossil Fuel Expansion

Washington, DC (August 12, 2022) — Congress passed a historic reconciliation package with key climate provisions (170 yeas to 123 nays). The Inflation Reduction Act is projected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 41% by 2030 from the U.S.’s 2005 baseline.   Pacific Environment calls for President Biden to deliver on his promise … Read more