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Ports Initiative

Best Practices for Port Operations

Container ship at portReducing exposure to diesel exhaust in and around ports is important for public health and the environment.Ports are critical for commerce, a keystone for economic growth, and play a significant role in the goods movement supply chain. Pollution at ports can be significant and as size of ships and facilities grow the potential for increased pollution grows as well.  

Port authorities, as well as owner and/or operators of fleets, terminals, drayage trucks, and locomotives, all have a role in reducing air emissions at the ports and in nearby communities. Additionally, near-port communities can build partnerships and effectively engage with port stakeholders to influence decision-making about port activities that impact environmental health and quality of life. Building capacity among ports and nearby communities, based on mutual understanding of port operations, community impacts and priorities, and local dynamics is important for developing stakeholder skills to implement collaborative actions that reduce environmental pollution.