Thursday, January 28, 2016

New Committee for the Port of Seattle

By Mark Edward Nero

On Jan. 26, the Port of Seattle Commission voted to establish its Energy and Sustainability Policy Committee, a group that would develop and propose new environmental initiatives across the organization.

The motion was based on the recent Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, where 195 countries reached a landmark climate accord that will commit nearly every country to lower planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions.

“By creating this committee, we are able to concentrate efforts more strategically to promote green energy uses and reduce greenhouse gasses across all our lines of business,” Commission President John Creighton said.

The Port of Seattle, which also manages the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, has already taken many actions to reduce GHG, including adoption of the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy, which has a goal to reduce GHG emissions by 20 percent per ton of cargo moved through the Seaport by 2020.

“Having championed this initiative, I look forward to working with our regional stakeholders to promote environmentally responsible growth at the airport and seaport,” port Commissioner Fred Felleman said in a statement.