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Stephanie Jones Stebbins Senior Manager Seaport Environmental Programs Port of Seattle
Ports and Climate Change • Understanding our Footprint • Port of Seattle Projects and Programs • Green Gateway Initiative • Ports and Climate Change Adaptation
Puget Sound Maritime Air Emissions Inventory • 2005 activity based inventory • Spans ~140 miles south-to-north; 160 miles west-to-east • Close coordination Canada • First to include greenhouse gases
How Will this Reduce GHGs? • GHG reductions will be achieved through co-benefits associated with reducing diesel particulate matter • Co-benefit actions include: • Switching to electricity or alternative fuels • Operational efficiency improvements • Support goals established by State, Provincial, and Federal governments
Reducing Fuel Consumption • Anti-Idling • Equipment idle controls • Road/Rail grade separations • Terminal Efficiencies • On and near-dock rail yards • Gate improvements • Using technology to improve turn times • Converted Toyota Prius to plug-in electric
Using Alternatives • Shore Power at Terminal 91 Cruise Facility • Hybrid rubber tired gantry cranes at Terminal 18 • Renewable Fuels • Biodiesel in Port-owned equipment • 20% biodiesel at 2 container terminals
Terminal Electrification • 26 electric ship to shore cranes • BNSF Railway North Seattle International Gateway is the first in North America to install wide-span, electric rail mounted gantry cranes • 2,560 electric plug-Ins for refrigerated containers (“reefers”)
Resource Use and Conservation • Sustainable Facility Management • Energy Conservation Efforts: • Port of Seattle Headquarters: 43% reduction in energy use: $126K annual savings • Pier 66: 58% reduction in energy use: $156K annual savings • Recycling and Waste Reduction • 900% increase in recycling in 5 years
The Green GatewayOverview • First study to evaluate the carbon footprint of Asia to North America trade routes • Origin ports of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore • U.S. gateway ports of Seattle, Oakland, Los Angeles/Long Beach, Houston, Savannah, Norfolk, New York/New Jersey • Destination Cities of Memphis, Columbus, Chicago • Analysis determined tons carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per TEU • Independent review (academics, industry)
The Green GatewayImplications • The West Coast ports are the most energy-efficient gateways from Asia to U.S. consumers • The Pacific Northwest ports have a slightly lower carbon footprint from Asia than any other port in North America • Study adds data to the emerging field of carbon footprint assessments of supply chains
AdaptationConcerns and Challenges • Increased storm events: damage to facilities • Sea Level Rise: Container terminals are currently built to 18’ above ‘0’ tide • Supply chain disruption • Ports in Asia may feel impacts of sea level rise before ports in North America • Possible routing changes as a result of storm events • Facility vulnerability assessment • Underway, expected completion Q1 2010
Looking Ahead…. • Continue implementation of the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy • Work with tenants and customers to reduce emissions and fuel consumption • Seeking to better understand our footprint • Engaged in regional, national, and international efforts to address emissions from goods movement • Increase Adaptation Efforts
Stephanie Jones Stebbins 206-787-3818 email@example.com