Pacific Northwest Ports Plan to Phase Out Maritime Emissions by 2050

The Pacific Northwest ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver, BC, along with the combined container operations of the Northwest Seaport Alliance, say they are jointly committing to a new vision to phase out emissions from seaport-related activities by 2050.

In a collaboration among the four ports, the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy seeks to meet this target through changes in equipment, fuels, and infrastructure, supporting cleaner air for local communities and fulfilling the ports’ shared responsibility to help limit global temperature rise.

“Through the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy, ports have a blueprint to do their part by helping to protect air quality and responding to the international call to take action on climate change,” Northwest Seaport Alliance Co-Chair Dick Marzano said.

The strategy covers six sectors of port activity: oceangoing vessels, cargo-handling equipment, trucks, harbor vessels, rail, and port administration and tenant facilities.

In a statement, the ports said they will individually release port-specific plans to implement the vision, and will continue to report annually on the progress.