Seaports Magazine - Fall 2015 - (Page 18)

» FEATURE GREENLIGHT ON GREEN METRICS Ports use environmental data as an outreach tool with community groups and stakeholders By Meredith Martino P 2014 SUSTAINABILITY REPORT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY BALANCING PRIORITIES Our 2014 Sustainability Report is intended to provide greater transparency and accountability in how we conduct our business. We strive to continually improve the quality of our sustainability reporting by focusing on the most important topics for our organization and our stakeholders. An important step in our reporting process is engagement with an external panel of customer, government, community and Aboriginal participants who identify topics of interest and provide critical feedback that drives continuous improvement. Read the full 2014 Sustainability Report at The table below outlines material topics and performance highlights from our 2014 Sustainability Report: ECONOMIC PROSPERITY THROUGH TRADE · Gateway efficiency and reliability · Land use and availability CREATING EFFICIENCIES Container trucking is an integral link in the port supply chain, responsible for moving about half of all container shipments to facilities across the region. Following a 28-day work stoppage by drivers in early 2014, we have made steady progress and received encouraging feedback from the industry about the way we have approached problems that have plagued the local container trucking industry for many years. · Infrastructure development HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT · Air emissions · Biodiversity THRIVING COMMUNITIES · Aboriginal relationships · Impacts on neighbouring communities REDUCING EMISSIONS Protecting the air we share is an important priority for the port and local communities. In 2014, we funded the purchase and installation of several new pieces of air quality and meteorological monitoring equipment to supplement existing air quality monitoring stations operated by Metro Vancouver - improving the measurement, monitoring and management of air emissions. ADDRESSING COMMUNITY CONCERNS Noise from horns, whistles, signals, terminal operations and the supply chain has an impact on the communities neighbouring the port. That's why we consider and build noise mitigation into port infrastructure projects. In 2014, we created a Noise Monitoring Program to help us better understand the source and intensity of port-related noises, and to help us better respond to community concerns. · Safety and security 18 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE Port Metro Vancouver's PortTV featured an episode about energy conservation. PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT OF 20% DURING THE COURSE OF 2014, TRUCK TURN TIMES WERE REDUCED BY 20 PER CENT THROUGH INDUSTRY INITIATIVES, INCLUDING PORT METRO VANCOUVER'S SMART FLEET PROGRAM. CONNECTING 76 CRUISE SHIPS WITH SHORE POWER, RESULTING IN A REDUCTION OF 2,656 tonnes OF CARBON DIOXIDE EQUIVALENT EMISSIONS LAUNCHING 10 real-time acoustic monitors THROUGHOUT THE PORT ort projects and port operations are the subject of a variety of environmental regulations - caps on air emissions from mobile sources, requirements for habitat mitigation, mandates for sediment monitoring and limits on water pollutants. To demonstrate compliance with these regulations, ports and their industry partners often collect and provide regulartors with reams of data. Large port expansion projects can end up with thousands of pages of environmental review documents and appendices, full of dense tables, charts and maps. An interested community stakeholder could certainly access these huge troves of information. But wading through them to make sense often requires time, context and training - assets that may not be available to every interested member of a nearby port neighborhood. Ports recognize that being a good neighbor means more than just doing good works and complying with environmental laws. It means transparency regarding inventories, metrics, reviews and scans. And - increasingly - it means presenting sophisticated information about environmental performance in an easy-to-digest way. The information is not just being made available online for the self-motivated information seeker either; it's packaged and taken out Port Metro Vancouver's Sustainability Executive Summary.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Fall 2015

AAPA Headquarters
From the President's Desk
Big Data, Big Possibilities
Greenlight on Green Metrics
An Eye on Data
Trusting Third-Party Data
Data in Latin America
Washington Zeroes in on Port Performance
Improving and Expanding Our Nation's Seaports
Navigating the Waves of Transportation Data
Big, Bad Big Data
Data Strategies to Avoid Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind
Leveraging Regional Freight Data to Improve Port Connectivity and Boost Trade

Seaports Magazine - Fall 2015