The ports of Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., along with British Columbia’s Port Metro Vancouver, have set collective goals to reduce diesel emissions by 75 percent per ton of cargo by 2015 and by 80 percent by 2020.
The goals are part of the draft 2013 Update on the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy. The ports are accepting public comments on the draft strategy through July 26, 2013, via open houses, in-person, mail or online.
“The good news is that emissions are down and in this strategy update we are setting more aggressive goals for the near future,” said Stephanie Jones Stebbins, director of environmental and planning at the Port of Seattle, in a written statement. “The draft strategy update includes both aggressive reduction goals and sector-specific actions to meet those goals.”
The 2013 update was developed based on the results of the 2011 Puget Sound Maritime Air Emissions Inventory released in October 2012. The inventory found maritime-related air pollution has decreased since 2005, with much of the progress driven by voluntary investments of the maritime industry and government agencies in cleaner technology, cleaner fuels and more efficient systems of operation.