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» CASE STUDY: NORTHWEST U.S.
Container ships at the
Port of Seattle.
Northwest Ports Partner to
Further Cut Diesel Emissions
he ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Metro Vancouver in
Canada will continue its cooperative partnership in
an aim to cut diesel emissions by 75 percent per ton of
cargo moved by 2015 and 80 percent by 2020. Factoring
in projected cargo growth, this will result in overall reductions of
70 percent by 2015 and 75 percent by 2020.
The ports also set a goal to reduce greenhouse gases by
10 percent by 2015 and 15 percent by 2020 per ton of cargo moved.
The goals are part of the 2013 Northwest Ports Clean Air
Strategy Update, which was adopted in December. This update
to the 2007 Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy is a five-year-old
partnership among the three ports and five regulatory agencies,
along with relationships with customers, tenants, shipping lines
and environmental organizations. The 2013 Update commits these
groups to work together through 2020.
The 2013 update was based on the results of the 2011 Puget
Sound Maritime Air Emissions Inventory. The inventory found
maritime-related air pollution has decreased since 2005, with
much of the progress due to significant, voluntary investments
of the maritime industry and government agencies in cleaner
technology, cleaner fuels and more efficient systems of operation.
To develop and implement the 2007 strategy and this 2013
strategy update, the three ports partnered with other government
agencies in the Puget Sound: the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, Washington State Department of Ecology and Puget
Sound Clean Air Agency.
"Air quality is a regional issue, and we appreciate working
with a range of partners - from other ports and air agencies to
our customers and vendors - to improve the environment, protect
human health and provide a healthy supply chain," said Jason
Jordan, director of environmental programs at the Port of Tacoma.
"The cooperative effort that launched the Northwest Ports Clean
Air Strategy several years ago remains intact and strong today."
Ports are a critical part of the Pacific Northwest and North
American economy, facilitating the movement of people and goods
and supporting living-wage jobs. With their tenants and customers,
the three ports use diesel-powered ships, trains, trucks and other
equipment to move goods and passengers through the ports to
The strategy creates an integrated approach to improve air
quality and reduce port-related emissions in the shared airshed
to safeguard public health and the environment while supporting
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Spring 2014
From the President’s Desk
Public Sector Agencies with Private Sector Expectations
Welcoming Veterans to Port Ranks
Working with Stakeholders: The Buck Stops at the CEO’s Office
Words of Wisdom from Long-Standing Port Executives
PPM® Certification Readies Executives for the Top
Facing Challenges Head On
Ports are Critical to U.S. Economy’s Health
The Changing Paradigm of Transportation Executives
Port and Maritime Environmental Compliance Planning Starts at the Top
Comprehensive Records Retention Plan a Must for Ports
Saint John Brings the Port to the Classroom
Barbados on Track for Record Cruise Growth
Santa Marta Focuses on the Environment, Community and Operational Efficiency
Northwest Ports Partner to Further Cut Diesel Emissions
Seaports Magazine - Spring 2014