Monday, January 18, 2010

Puget Sound Ports See Clean Air Programs Working

The Puget Sound ports' collaborative environmental program known as the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy has led to sizable reductions in Puget Sound ports-generated diesel emissions, according to a study released by the ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver BC last week.

The latest NPCAS report from the ports covers 2009 and found that NPCAS programs reduced sulfur emissions generation in the region by more than 68 tons and cargo-handling equipment retrofits reduced particulate matter emissions by 25 percent to 50 percent.

First released as a draft in 2007, the NPCAS seeks to reduce diesel and greenhouse gas emissions in the Puget Sound region by achieving early reductions in advance of, and complementary to, applicable government regulations related to cargo-handling equipment, ocean going vessels, trucks and rail vehicles. In addition, the NPCAS sets targets built the successes on current emissions reduction initiatives, and suggests a range of practical actions the ports and their industry stakeholders may choose from to achieve those targets.
Like many large ports on the West Coast, the ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver BC are all identified as major generators of diesel emissions in their communities.