Environment & Science

Long Beach to sign on with climate-focused Compact of Mayors

Cargo carriers at the Port of Long Beach.
Cargo carriers at the Port of Long Beach.
Stock Photo: Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia announced his intention to join a national coalition of city leaders on Monday, with hopes that the city of Long Beach can be the tip of the spear for the group's climate change-focused mission.

The group Compact of Mayors was launched at the United Nations Climate Summit in 2014. It is the largest coalition of city leadership that puts a spotlight on the effects of climate change, according to the compact's website. Garcia told KPCC that Long Beach has a lot of emission-cutting plans in development that work seamlessly with the aims of the compact.

“We’re going to be committed to really aggressive reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the course of the next few years and decades ... from greening the port, putting zero-emissions terminals, planting 6,000 trees - we’re committed to really lead when it comes to emission reduction,” he said. “We’re looking at, by 2050, if this works out and the climate’s the right way, reducing emissions by 80 percent or more. That’s something we will track and work on."

Also in the works, according to Garcia, is a registry for all of the city's departments to make sure they meet environmental targets, which will be released in the coming months. The Aquarium of the Pacific plans to lead a climate resiliency action plan, and there are proposals for greener measures at the Port of Long Beach.

“One year from now, we’ll have a pretty substantial report about what we’re doing and what our goals are in the future," he said.

“We’re already building the first zero-emissions terminal in the country, and we’re going to actually open that in June. That terminal itself is larger than the entire port of Seattle," he said. "Our goal is to do that with all our terminals, and make the port a leader across the country and the world."