EPA Says Clean Strategies and Tech the Key to Greener Ports
The declaration is the result of a new report, "the National Port Strategy Assessment: Reducing Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases at U.S. Ports."
EPA says various strategies and cleaner tech can help to significantly reduce air pollution at U.S. ports.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Friday released a new report, "the National Port Strategy Assessment: Reducing Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases at U.S. Ports," which found that air pollution from diesel-powered ships, trucks, and other port equipment at the country's ports can be significantly reduced through a variety of strategies and cleaner technologies.
"This report shows that there are many opportunities to reduce harmful pollution at ports that we know will work," said Christopher Grundler, director of EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, adding: "this is great news for the roughly 39 million Americans who live and breathe near these centers of commerce."
The study explores current and future emission trends from diesel engines in port areas, and analyses the emission reduction potential of various strategies, including the deployment zero emissions technologies and engines replacements.
"U.S. ports are set to expand significantly as international trade continues to grow, and the size of ships coming to ports increases. This growth means more diesel engines at ports emitting carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change," explained EPA, noting that such engines also emit fine particulate matter, and nitrogen oxides, among other pollutants, which contribute to human health problems.
This report shows that there are many opportunities to reduce harmful pollution at ports that we know will work
Christopher Grundler, Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, EPA
The study results are said to support EPA's Ports Initiative's goals to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases, through which the organisation says it will continue to engage a wide range of stakeholders, including ports and port operators, communities, tribes, state and local governments, and industry, as well as other technical and policy stakeholders.
The EPA notes that the North American and U.S. Caribbean Sea Emission Control Areas (ECAs) have already shown a reduction in fuel-based particulate-matter emissions from vessels operating within the zones of 90 percent.
Skangas duel fuel LNG carrier Coral Energy (image credit/Skangas)
Liquified natural gas (LNG) bunker tanker Coralius has made its first trip loading and delivering LNG to and from Norwegian ports, according to trade press reports.
The 5,800 cubic meter capacity tanker, which is owned by Norwegian gas company Skangas, was delivered to the company in June. Skangas also operates LNG carrier Coral Energy.
OPEC Cutback Extension to be Discussed in November, But Developments Could Render Any Deal Meaningless
Analysts say everything from Saudi exploration to rising tensions with North Korea could radically alter the dynamics of the international market. File Image / Pixabay
Ever since the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) extended the duration of its production cuts earlier this year to March of 2018, speculation has been rampant that the meager cutback volume coupled with the large number of members