VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Dec. 12, 2013) - Port Metro Vancouver, along with the Port of Seattle seaport and the Port of Tacoma in Washington State, has updated the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy with the goal of reducing diesel particulate emissions by 75 per cent per ton of cargo by 2015, and 80 per cent by 2020.
The 2013 Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy (NWPCAS), adopted this week, represents the five year milestone update to the original 2007 strategy that initially brought the three port authorities and five regulatory agencies together to partner on improving air quality in the Puget Sound - Georgia Basin airshed.
The strategy sets emissions reduction goals and sector objectives for port-related activities such as ocean-going vessels, trucking, rail and cargo-handling equipment. The port authorities work in collaboration with industry - including customers, tenants, shipping lines and truck operators - to advance the goals and objectives of the strategy.
The three ports would like to thank the government partners that have supported the NWPCAS, including Environment Canada, Metro Vancouver, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington State Department of Ecology and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.