Port Metro Vancouver partnership helping cut port-related emissions

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — Port Metro Vancouver and two Washington State ports continue to make significant progress in the cross-border effort to reduce port-related emissions in the Georgia Basin – Puget Sound air shed, according to the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy 2010 Implementation Report.

Through the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy, Port Metro Vancouver and the ports of Seattle and Tacoma are collaborating on ways to improve air quality and reduce contributions to climate change in all aspects of port operations.

“By working with our port colleagues, both locally and across the border, Port Metro Vancouver is really making a difference in reducing air emissions that affect air quality and climate change,” said Robin Silvester, president and CEO of Port Metro Vancouver. “Continuous improvement in our environmental performance is good for our communities, and our customers and stakeholders.”

According to officials, the three Pacific Northwest ports have made significant improvement in the first three years of the strategy by focusing on clean air goals for ships, cargo-handling equipment, rail, trucks, harbour craft and port administration through cooperative relationships with customers, tenants, and regulatory agencies.

Port Metro Vancouver is also taking a direct role through its EcoAction Program, Blue Circle Award, Truck Licensing Program and the award-winning shore power installation at Canada Place.

“It’s encouraging to see Port Metro Vancouver take a leadership role through their innovative programs and initiatives,” said the Honourable Terry Lake, British Columbia’s Minister of the Environment. “The port is helping to move the marine industry in British Columbia in the right direction.”

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