Port Everglades has signed a partnership agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study air emissions. It is the first U.S. seaport to partner with the EPA on this project. The EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality will work closely with Port Everglades to coordinate research and modeling encompassing all port-related operations, technologies and anticipated growth scenarios. The EPA also intends to develop separate emissions estimates for areas outside the Port’s jurisdictional boundaries, such as highways and railroads used by Port Everglades customers.The EPA sees this agreement as an important step forward in developing emission reduction scenarios and inventories for port communities.
Port Everglades is providing a baseline emissions inventory for EPA’s analysis. Port Everglades contracted with Starcrest Consulting Group, LLC to collect the data needed to generate a 2015 emission inventory for the port. The EPA will use the key findings of this inventory to help Port Everglades set goals to reduce emissions.
The partnership will allow the EPA to develop future methods, provide lessons learned, and provide practical examples that can be shared with other ports, related agencies and stakeholders to support and encourage sustainable development.