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EPA's Ports Initiative works in collaboration with the port industry, communities, and all levels of government to improve environ-mental performance and increase economic prosperity. This effort helps people living and working near ports across the country breathe cleaner air and live better lives. EPA is considering recom-mendations from the Clean Air Act Advisory
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June 2017 (Vol. 2, Ed. 3)
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Port Everglades Completes Baseline Inventory 
Port Everglades
EPA is Developing Analysis of Emission Reduction Scenarios

In 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Broward County's Port Everglades signed a partnership agreement to study air emissions in a seaport scenario. This partnership will allow EPA to develop future methods, provide lessons learned, and supply practical examples that can be shared with other ports, related agencies, and stakeholders.  
Earlier this year, Port Everglades reached a major milestone of this partnership: the completion of the 2015 Baseline Air Emissions Inventory. This activity-based inventory includes baseline emissions from ocean-going vessels, harbor vessels, cargo handling equipment, on-road trucks, and rail operations. The full report may be downloaded from the Port Everglades Air Emissions Inventory webpage.  

Consistently ranked among the top three busiest cruise ports in the world, Port Everglades is also one of the nation's leading container ports and South Florida's main seaport for receiving petroleum products including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels. 
As part of the next phase of the partnership, EPA is working with Port Everglades to develop emission reduction scenarios and inventories for future analysis years. EPA is also developing separate emissions estimates and emission reduction scenarios for areas outside the port jurisdictional boundaries that involve port-related activity on truck, rail, and marine vessel corridors. 
For more information on the partnership, see EPA's Ports Initiative webpage at: EPA Partnership Agreement Broward County's Port Everglades
Port of Savannah and Communities Collaborate
Kickoff of Capacity Building Pilot Project in Savannah

On May 8 and 9, 2017, the EPA along with port industry and community stakeholders participated in a series of meetings and activities to launch the Near-port Community Capacity Building Pilot Project in Savannah, Georgia. Key organizations involved in the meetings were Harambee House, the Port of Savannah, as well as city officials and other local stakeholders and community members.
Project participants attended tours of the port and nearby communities to highlight local conditions and gain a better understanding of the perspectives of those involved with and affected by port-related activities. During both separate and joint dialogues with port officials and community leaders, initial planning goals were identified for further action in subsequent pilot project meetings. EPA's collaboratively developed capacity building engagement tools were utilized to assess and prioritize stakeholder needs and specific objectives for the project including improved human health, environmental, and economic outcomes.  
Capacity building pilot projects kickoffs were held in New Orleans, LA in April 2017, and in Seattle, WA in June 2017 as well. 
For more information, go to the Ports Initiative  Pilot Projects  and  Savannah Pilot Project  webpages.
Northwest Ports Reduce Emissions & Improve Performance
The 2015 Implementation Report for the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy (Strategy) encompassing the  Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Canada has been released. The ports collaborated with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, the U.S. EPA, Environment Canada, Washington State Department of Ecology, and industry and community stakeholders on the Strategy that was initially developed in 2007.  

Key Objectives of the Strategy
  1. Reduce maritime and port-related air quality impacts from diesel particulate matter on human health, the environment, and economy.
  2. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and associated environmental, health and economic impacts.
  3. Help the Georgia Basin - Puget Sound airshed continue to meet air quality standards and objectives.
The Strategy sets emission goals, and performance targets for the ports.  
Emission Outcomes
  • Diesel particulate matter per metric ton of cargo reduced 22 percent between 2005 and 2011.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions per metric ton of cargo reduced 9 percent between 2005 and 2011.
Efforts are currently underway to develop a maritime emissions inventory for 2016 so that emission reduction outcomes can be updated. Maritime emissions inventories were conducted in 2005 and 2011, hence the reporting compared to those years.
Performance Targets Met
Performance Targets are organized into six sectors:  ocean going vessels, harbor vessels, cargo handling equipment, trucks, locomotives and rail transport, and port administration. The following performance targets have been reached; however, progress is being made on other targets as well.
  • Forty-six percent of vessel calls participate in port-designed or third-party certification programs for ocean going vessels compared to a performance target of 10 percent.
  • Thirty-two percent of harbor vessels participate in port-designed or third-party certification programs compared to a performance target of 10 percent.
  • Partners are conducting outreach with regard to harbor vessels.
  • Ports report use of cleaner vehicles and equipment and other relevant information.
  • Ports have adopted clean construction practices for port-led construction projects and enact plans to address Tier 2 engine requirements.
  • Each port has conducted at least 3 energy studies.
For more detailed summary of the Strategy, objectives, emission outcomes, and performance targets, go to the Northwest Ports Achievements page on the Ports Initiative website, or view the 2015 Implementation Report .