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People living and working near ports across the country will breathe cleaner air and live better lives as a result of bold steps taken through a collaboration of industry, government and communities to improve environmental performance and increase economic prosperity.
June 2018 (Vol. 3, Ed. 3)
Ports Initiative Newsletter

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EPA and Port Everglades Partnership Report Released
Findings and Lessons Learned for Emission Inventories and Reduction Strategies
On June 1, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released The EPA and Port Everglades Partnership: Emission Inventories and Reduction Strategies report. This voluntary partnership between EPA and Port Everglades helped EPA u nderstand on-the-ground day-to-day operations and examine the methods available to estimate associated air pollution emissions. EPA and Port Everglades worked together to develop baseline and future year emission inventories, and to evaluate various effective technology and operational strategy scenarios.

Partnership Products
  • Emission reduction scenarios and inventories for Port Everglades for future analysis years;
  • Separate emissions estimates for certain mobile source corridors outside Port Everglades;
  • Documentation of methods, lessons learned, and practical examples that can inform other ports, related agencies, and stakeholders;

Key Findings  
  • Partnering with Port Everglades was key to developing methods and lessons learned that can be applied to other ports.
  • Inventories can help benchmark port and port industry progress.
  • Emissions are being reduced, but more can be done with available strategies.
  • Strategies and scenarios are effective to reduce emissions.
  • Potential actions can have benefits beyond a port's boundary.
  • Data and methods are available for developing port inventories. 

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GCT Bayonne's Drayage Truck Appointment System
Good for Business and the Environment
Global Container Terminals (GCT) has implemented an advanced truck appointment system at its GCT Bayonne facility at the Port of New York and New Jersey that has realized benefits in terms of cost savings, turn times, the environment, and congestion.

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Truck arrivals were unpredictable, causing commuter congestion and excessive air emissions from idling. GCT rolled out their truck appointment system in January 2017 and introduced the system in phases with the current reservation hours being 06:00 to 13:00 hours.  

  • Priority scheduling benefiting customers;
  • The ability to meter traffic to manage traffic within the terminal;
  • Drayage truck turn times during appointment hours have improved more than 40%, while simultaneously improving the turn times of trucks outside of the mandatory reservation window;
  • Reduction in emissions including reductions of 21,000 tons of carbon dioxide/year, and 61,000 kg/year of other overall pollutants;and
  • Fuel cost savings of $5.3 million/year.

Lessons Learned
  • The phased approach to implementation gave each party time to learn the system and participate in shaping its structure.
  • With a strong outreach program in place, stakeholders were listened to and engaged, allowing GCT USA to learn and incorporate feedback, introduce enhancements, and improve the flexibility of the system.

For More Information

EPA Ports Initiative webpage on the GCT Bayonne's Drayage Truck Appointment System


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