Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy Renewal

Introduction

The Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy (NWPCAS) is a collaboration between the ports of Vancouver, Seattle and Tacoma and the Northwest Seaport Alliance, to reduce emissions that contribute to air quality and climate change in the shared Georgia Basin-Puget Sound air shed. The strategy is supported by Canadian and U.S. agencies including Environment Canada, Transport Canada, the Province of British Columbia, Metro Vancouver, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington State Department of Ecology and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

The NWPCAS was first developed in 2007, at which time it included port sector-specific targets for 2010 and 2015 for diesel particulate matter and greenhouse gas emissions for each of:

  • Ocean going vessels
  • Harbour vessels
  • Cargo handling equipment
  • Trucks
  • Rail
  • Administration

The strategy was later updated in 2013, with sector-specific targets for 2015 (updated) and 2020, as well as intensity-based air shed emission reduction targets (per tonne throughput) for diesel particulate matter and greenhouse gases.

Progress-to-date

Over the course of the NWPCAS, significant progress has been made across all four port entities in reducing the intensity with which air quality (represented here by diesel particulate matter or DPM) and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) have been emitted, as illustrated below:

In the Port of Vancouver, we have also seen a significant improvement in totalair quality-related emissions despite forecasted growth in throughput, although with steady growth there is potential for some of these benefits to erode over time. These improvements are largely due to regulatory changes to fuel quality and engine emission limits, and have been complemented by port and stakeholder initiatives. Total greenhouse gas emissions are forecast to increase however, roughly tracking port growth. Regulatory requirements related to greenhouse gases are not yet sufficient to counteract growing demand for international trade, making efforts like the NWPCAS that much more important.

Current Context

Much has changed over the last 10+ years, both with respect to air quality and climate change. New, more stringent ambient, fuel quality and engine emission limits are helping to address air quality, while international, national, provincial/state, regional and local greenhouse gas targets stress the importance of decarbonisation in our rapidly changing climate.

We’ve also learned a lot over that same time period through the implementation of the NWPCAS. When it comes to a cross-border strategy among competing ports, we know more now what works, what doesn’t, what our challenges/limitations are and where our biggest opportunities lie.

NWPCAS Renewal

Through the NWPCAS Renewal we’re looking at all that has happened and all that we have learned to help inform a new and relevant strategy, continuing our partnership to accelerate reductions in air quality and climate change related emissions from ports in the Georgia Basin-Puget Sound air shed.

As part of this renewal process, we will:

  • Identify a long term vision
  • Develop guiding principles
  • Explore sector technology shifts of what achieving the vision may look like for each port sector
  • Develop strategies to reach the vision, that emphasize the role of ports in doing so
  • Develop a monitoring and reporting framework to track progress

Stakeholder Engagement

The NWPCAS Renewal is a two year process spanning mid-2018 through mid-2020. We expect to engage stakeholders at three points over the second year of this effort as follows:

Please see the “Get Involved” side bar that includes links to the following:

  • Overview presentation on the NWPCAS Renewal Engagement Round #1
  • Discussion document #1
  • Link to current NWPCAS and recent progress reports.

At this time as, part of Engagement Round #1, we want to hear your thoughts on our proposed vision, guiding principles and preliminary sector technology shifts, outlined in both the overview presentation and discussion document.

Please contact Christine Rigby, Environmental Specialist - Air Emissions, with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority at Christine.Rigby@portvancouver.com or 604-665-9237 for more information.

Introduction

The Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy (NWPCAS) is a collaboration between the ports of Vancouver, Seattle and Tacoma and the Northwest Seaport Alliance, to reduce emissions that contribute to air quality and climate change in the shared Georgia Basin-Puget Sound air shed. The strategy is supported by Canadian and U.S. agencies including Environment Canada, Transport Canada, the Province of British Columbia, Metro Vancouver, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington State Department of Ecology and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

The NWPCAS was first developed in 2007, at which time it included port sector-specific targets for 2010 and 2015 for diesel particulate matter and greenhouse gas emissions for each of:

  • Ocean going vessels
  • Harbour vessels
  • Cargo handling equipment
  • Trucks
  • Rail
  • Administration

The strategy was later updated in 2013, with sector-specific targets for 2015 (updated) and 2020, as well as intensity-based air shed emission reduction targets (per tonne throughput) for diesel particulate matter and greenhouse gases.

Progress-to-date

Over the course of the NWPCAS, significant progress has been made across all four port entities in reducing the intensity with which air quality (represented here by diesel particulate matter or DPM) and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) have been emitted, as illustrated below:

In the Port of Vancouver, we have also seen a significant improvement in totalair quality-related emissions despite forecasted growth in throughput, although with steady growth there is potential for some of these benefits to erode over time. These improvements are largely due to regulatory changes to fuel quality and engine emission limits, and have been complemented by port and stakeholder initiatives. Total greenhouse gas emissions are forecast to increase however, roughly tracking port growth. Regulatory requirements related to greenhouse gases are not yet sufficient to counteract growing demand for international trade, making efforts like the NWPCAS that much more important.

Current Context

Much has changed over the last 10+ years, both with respect to air quality and climate change. New, more stringent ambient, fuel quality and engine emission limits are helping to address air quality, while international, national, provincial/state, regional and local greenhouse gas targets stress the importance of decarbonisation in our rapidly changing climate.

We’ve also learned a lot over that same time period through the implementation of the NWPCAS. When it comes to a cross-border strategy among competing ports, we know more now what works, what doesn’t, what our challenges/limitations are and where our biggest opportunities lie.

NWPCAS Renewal

Through the NWPCAS Renewal we’re looking at all that has happened and all that we have learned to help inform a new and relevant strategy, continuing our partnership to accelerate reductions in air quality and climate change related emissions from ports in the Georgia Basin-Puget Sound air shed.

As part of this renewal process, we will:

  • Identify a long term vision
  • Develop guiding principles
  • Explore sector technology shifts of what achieving the vision may look like for each port sector
  • Develop strategies to reach the vision, that emphasize the role of ports in doing so
  • Develop a monitoring and reporting framework to track progress

Stakeholder Engagement

The NWPCAS Renewal is a two year process spanning mid-2018 through mid-2020. We expect to engage stakeholders at three points over the second year of this effort as follows:

Please see the “Get Involved” side bar that includes links to the following:

  • Overview presentation on the NWPCAS Renewal Engagement Round #1
  • Discussion document #1
  • Link to current NWPCAS and recent progress reports.

At this time as, part of Engagement Round #1, we want to hear your thoughts on our proposed vision, guiding principles and preliminary sector technology shifts, outlined in both the overview presentation and discussion document.

Please contact Christine Rigby, Environmental Specialist - Air Emissions, with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority at Christine.Rigby@portvancouver.com or 604-665-9237 for more information.