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Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy seeks to end seaport-related emissions by 2050

April 7, 2021

The Northwest ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver, B.C., along with the combined Northwest Seaport Alliance container operations have together committed to phase out emissions from seaport-related activities by 2050. The four ports aim to collaboratively achieve this goal through infrastructure, equipment and fuel changes. The Alliance members hope governmental policies and funding will be forthcoming to help with the ambitious effort to help limit the global temperature rise to 1.5° Celsius.

The strategy builds on collaborative success over the past decade that has included clean truck programs, shore power installations for cruise ships, and a phase-out program for equipment with older diesel engines. The six areas of focus are ocean-going vessels, cargo-handling equipment, harbour vessels, trucks, rail and port administration and tenant facilities.

Each of the four members of the alliance will release port-specific plans to implement the new strategy vision and objectives across its unique operations and businesses, as well as continue to report annually on progress.

Image from Port of Seattle