Guidance Maps Net Zero Pathways for Ports

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and engineering consultancy Arup have published a report outlining zero-emission strategies for supply chains and energy systems surrounding US port terminals. “As companies transporting goods raise their climate ambitions to decarbonise their supply chains, port facilities are a pivotal lever that severely hinders or powerfully advances their actions,” said Angie Farrag Thibault, Associate Vice President of Global Transportation at EDF. The report suggests ports can explore specific funding opportunities under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act to secure capital to upgrade their infrastructure so it is more sustainable and accelerate their decarbonisation efforts. Many of the recommended steps are also fundable under the US Environment Protection Agency’s Clean Ports Program, it said. “Ports will play a pivotal role in rapidly decarbonising our economy in a way that does not leave anyone behind,” said Dr Robert Kay, Arup’s Americas Climate and Sustainability Services Leader. “We have provided a clear path forward for ports to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that maximises economic opportunities and benefits to local communities. Ports have an incredible opportunity from new federal funding programmes to advance decarbonisation and environmental justice.”

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