Media Statement by AAPA President & CEO Kurt Nagle on EPA Port Emissions Report
An EPA report released today, entitled “National Port Strategy Assessment: Reduce Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases at U.S. Ports,” outlines a number of the strategies America’s seaports employ to reduce air emissions in and around their facilities, recognizes the progress made to date and ongoing, and provides a range of strategy options to further lower emissions going forward.
As public agencies, a key role of port authorities is environmental stewardship. The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) provides a range of forums for ports to share best practices in emission reduction strategies. Many ports are engaged in successful air emissions reduction initiatives and have undertaken hundreds of projects to reduce diesel and other emissions from oceangoing vessels, trucks and equipment, and continue to develop alternative fuel programs at port facilities.
The report released today provides valuable information for public port agencies as they engage with their communities and maritime stakeholders to make decisions that consider and balance local needs and priorities.
AAPA and its members continue to advise policymakers regarding effective strategies deployed as part of the industry’s commitment to environmental sustainability, clean energy, and the health of coastal ecosystems.
We look forward to ongoing collaboration between EPA, the nation’s ports and our stakeholder partners toward programs and adequate federal funding to help achieve our shared environmental objectives.