Navigating to Net Zero - Episode 6

On the move: How transportation companies are advancing towards net zero


This episode of Navigating to Net Zero examines the transformation of transportation, from shipping to parking lots. Host Rebecca Darst talks with Long Beach Container Terminal’s (LBCT’s) Bonnie Nixon and Telpark’s Peter Hughes about how their companies are working to cut emissions – especially those beyond their direct control – and how electrification is transforming their businesses.

I think the real success has been the 78% reduction in our emissions, but we've got a long way to go because scope 3 is by far the largest part of our emissions.” 

- Peter Hughes, Telpark


Peter Hughes, Risk and Compliance Director, Telpark

Peter Hughes joined Telpark in 2019, and since then has spearheaded development of the company’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG), net zero, and climate strategies. Peter also has responsibility for Telpark’s safety, compliance, risk, and data-protection transformation. Peter began his career as a constable with the Greater Manchester Police before entering the private sector with UK-based National Car Parks.

About Telpark

With more than 50 years’ experience and a presence in nearly 150 cities, Telpark is the leading operator of parking in Spain and Portugal. The company provides a wide range of services for building the best comprehensive experience around urban mobility, with a commitment to technological innovation. In 2013, Telpark developed the first mobile parking app, which is still the most used and downloaded parking app in Spain and Portugal, with more than three million users. Learn more about Telpark here.*


Shipping is one of the larger polluters, not only on the sea as container ships cross the ocean, but once they arrive at port. When the ships arrive, LBCT connects them directly to shore power. We have that ability for three of the largest ships in the world to dock alongside one another, connect to shore power, and turn off their diesel engines.” 

- Bonnie Nixon, LBCT


Bonnie Nixon, ESG and Sustainability Director, LBCT

Bonnie Nixon joined LBCT in December 2021 and since then has led development of the company’s $US200 million Net Zero 2030 Climate Action Plan. Her team has received $US32 million in funding to date and is pursuing an additional $US108 million in grants to support the full electrification of fossil fuel equipment at the company’s San Pedro Port complex. Having spent more than three decades in infrastructure and leading sustainability at HP, Walmart, and Mattel, Bonnie also teaches Sustainable Supply Chain at Harvard and UCLA Extensions.


Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) has been a leader in container handling since 1980. Acquired by a Macquarie Asset Management fund in 2019, LBCT is an industry leader of innovation and terminal services. In partnership with the Port of Long Beach, the company has expanded and developed a new state-of-the-art facility that combined two aging container terminals into one of the world’s greenest container handling facilities. Learn more about LBCT here.*



Episode content recorded October 2022 (Telpark) and November 2022 (LBCT).

Navigating to Net Zero podcast series

Hear unique insights from leaders on their businesses' decarbonisation challenges and the practical climate solutions they are implementing.