Northwest Seaport Alliance sustainability actions recognized – The Suburban Times
Announcement from the Northwest Seaport Alliance.
For the sixth consecutive year, the Northwest Seaport Alliance has earned the distinction of being a Inbound Logistics‘ Green Supply Chain Partner. This recognition underscores NWSA’s commitment to protecting the environment through proactive and collaborative partnerships with supply chain stakeholders and Puget Sound communities.
The NWSA Gateway has made significant progress in sustainability efforts, striving to reduce Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) emissions by more than 90% since 2005. In 2021, the NWSA launched its first cargo handling equipment to zero emissions in the Port of Tacoma and adds additional zero-emissions handling trucks in 2022.
Working with the Port of Seattle and the Port of Tacoma, the NWSA is prioritizing the installation of shore power at terminals and developing a detailed roadmap to achieve zero marine emissions by 2050 or sooner. The Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy (NWPCAS) guides the path to zero emissions and includes implementation plans that aim to reduce multiple sources of emissions, including ships, cargo handling equipment, trucks and facilities ports.
Part of the NWPCAS includes the Clean Truck Program which requires all drayage trucks serving international container terminals to be model year 2007 or newer, which equates to 90% cleaner trucks serving terminals in the NWSA. This effort is combined with the Truck Scrappage Program which partners with other funding bodies to offer scrapping bonuses to help offset the cost of purchasing a low-emission drayage truck. . The NWSA Air Quality Team is focused on working with port stakeholders to transition supply chain operations to cleaner alternative fuels.
Additionally, the NWSA works to keep Puget Sound’s waterways clean through innovative stormwater treatment systems, tenant education, and new stormwater technologies to effectively manage stormwater in a industrial environment. By continually improving our facilities, vehicles, equipment, policies and practices, we create a cleaner, healthier environment for our community and our employees.
The 75 organizations selected by Inbound Logistics publishers represent various business sectors, including trucking companies, railroads, shipping lines, freight forwarders and air cargo carriers. These companies are recognized for their commitment to supply chain sustainability and go “beyond expectations to ensure that…operations are socially and environmentally responsible.” The NWSA is recognized for implementing best practices that “leave a positive imprint on the world”.
The NWSA was one of only two US port authorities selected this year. The full list of honored partners is featured in the magazine’s June 2022 issue.