The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners ratified an agreement Thursday with a Scandinavian port operator to address sustainability and environmental issues.

The commission voted unanimously, 3-0, in favor of the five-year agreement with Copenhagen Malmo Port AB of Sweden and Denmark.

Eric Caris, the marketing manager at the Port of Los Angeles, said the two port complexes are already closely aligned with their current environmental and sustainability policies.

“Copenhagen and Scandinavian countries … in general have been, as has California, on the forefront of environmental issues,” Caris said.

The memorandum of understanding between the two ports focuses on facilitating dialogue, information exchange and sharing of best practices.

“This agreement further solidifies our partnership with CMP, and our mutual interest in promoting the most efficient, most sustainable goods movement possible,” said Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. “With cooperative information sharing among ports around the world, the Port of Los Angeles has been able to achieve many of our advancements in reducing environmental impacts from port operations over the last decade.”

The agreement includes a commitment to developing better energy uses and alternative energy sources; using cleaner marine terminal equipment technology, ocean vessels and drayage trucks; and participating in global environmental associations and initiatives.

“We look forward to working with the Port of Los Angeles on how to continuously promote sustainable port development and management,” said Barbara Scheel Agersnap, CEO of CMP. “In order to accelerate solutions on sustainable matters, we need to push for new technologies and new ways of working.”

CMP is the largest port operator in the Oresund region, formed in 2001 after completion of the Oresund Bridge, a nearly five-mile combined railway and motorway that connects Sweden’s Malmo and Denmark’s Copenhagen ports.

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