Christopher Cannon

Port of Los Angeles

Director, Environmental Management

Christopher Cannon is the director of environmental management for the Port of Los Angeles, a position he has held since October 2010. In 2015, he was named chief sustainability officer of the Port.

In this role, Cannon is responsible for balancing commerce and growth with ecological sustainability and social responsibility at the nation’s busiest container port. The Environmental Management Division provides full environmental services related to water, soils and sediments, air and biological resources, and is responsible for preparation of environmental impact assessments mandated by state and federal law; special studies involving dredging, noise abatement, water quality, and air quality; site restoration, remediation and contamination characterizations; wildlife management; and establishment of policies regarding environmental quality issues.

Cannon first worked at the Port of Los Angeles as a consultant, starting in 2004, where he worked with the Port Environmental Management Division’s Air Quality and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) groups, supporting the development of key air projects such as the Clean Air Action Plan as well as the Harbor Department’s efforts to complete critical environmental impact reports for Port-related projects. In 2008, he helped to develop and served as the Project Manager of the Port’s highly successful Clean Truck Program.

Cannon has 21 years of experience in the environmental services industry, working on a range of projects while employed by ENVIRON International Corporation and TRC Environmental Solutions.

Cannon also spent two years as a legislative assistant for environmental policy on the Washington, D.C. staff of U.S. Representative Martin Sabo of Minnesota.

Cannon received a bachelor’s degree in Government from Dartmouth College and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. He currently lives in Los Angeles

Sessions With Christopher Cannon

Tuesday, 1 March

  • 03:15pm - 04:00pm (EST) / 01/mar/2022 11:15 pm - 02/mar/2022 12:00 am

    Shippers and Sustainability: Carving a Path to Decarbonization

    2021 saw beneficial cargo owners stepping into the conversation and leading in ambition around shipping decarbonization. Through initiatives such as the Cargo Owners for Zero-Emission Vessels (coZEV) 2040 Ambition Statement and the Getting to Zero Coalition’s Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization, BCOs are publicly committing to ambitious decarbonization goals and pushing the shipping value chain to accelerate the pace of decarbonization solutions. Featuring BCOs that have signed onto the coZEV Ambition Statement, in which they set a public target to only use zero-emission shipping by 2040, this session will answer questions such as:

    • How are the corporate decarbonization goals of climate-leading BCOs changing related to maritime shipping? What is driving the surge in ambition?

    • How should carriers and 3PLs prepare now to meet the growing expectations of climate-leading BCOs regarding shipping decarbonization? In particular, how can they get beyond efficiency measures with current fuels and prepare for the adoption and scaling of zero-emission technologies? What criteria should they be using when assessing potential future fuels and technologies?

    • How can BCOs and other stakeholders across the shipping value chain work together to accelerate this transition, for example by building confidence for investment in zero-emission fuels and technologies that BCOs will find acceptable from a climate and cost perspective; and by engaging with policy-makers about supportive measures that can make zero-emission shipping cost-competitive as quickly as possible?