Improving air quality and helping the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area meet the national air quality standard for ozone remains a priority for the Port Authority. For years, the Port Authority has been experimenting with new technologies, alternative fuels, replacing fleet with low-emission vehicles and equipment, and participating in an employee vanpool program. But the Port Authority’s commitment to clean air goes much further to achieve results.
The Clean Air Strategy Plan (CASP) developed by the Port Authority works to reduce real and sustainable maritime and port-related emissions. This multi-source, multi-pollutant, multi-year program has found economically feasible ways and means to achieve emissions reductions from intermodal interests throughout the port area.
A copy of the CASP can be downloaded in PDF* format here.
The CASP is based upon the 2007 Goods Movement Air Emissions Inventory, which was finalized in 2009. The inventory revealed that ocean going vessels accounted for 36 percent of the nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, heavy duty diesel-fueled vehicles 35 percent, cargo handling equipment 15 percent, locomotives 13 percent, and harbor vessels one percent.
A copy of the Goods Movement Air Emissions Inventory can be downloaded in PDF* format here.
The Port Authority and its partners continually refine and use this data to establish programs addressing emissions in a pragmatic manner, ultimately establishing specific air quality goals and objectives. The results have also been utilized by local and state agencies in modeling overall air quality in the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria non-attainment area.
Drayage Loan Program
The Port Authority’s partnership with the Houston-Galveston Area Council and the Environmental Defense Fund in the Port Drayage Truck Bridge Loan Program received $9 million from the EPA’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) SmartWay Program in 2009. The Port Authority’s commitment of $50,000 was instrumental in securing the SmartWay Program grant, and was allocated for a Guaranteed Loan Program for applicants with soft credit profiles. On average, four trucks a month, or 50 trucks a year, were approved for funding.
Several workshops have been sponsored by the Port Authority for trucking companies and independent owner/operators to learn about funding opportunities.
The CASP Policy Truck Committee, composed of Port Authority tenants, users, and trucking companies, continues to explore potential measures to further reduce truck emissions by concentrating on policy issues such as chassis logistics, speed limits, dispatch coordination, access control points, new technology policies, and national regulatory issues.
The documents are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may obtain a free copy of the software.
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