Clean Air Strategy

Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy

ASR2014_Emissions_TextWe have been partners with the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, along with government such as Environment Canada and Metro Vancouver, since 2007 to develop and implement a strategy called the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy. The program reduces port-related air emissions in the Puget Sound-Georgia Basin air shed.

We published our first progress report on the 2013 Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy objectives in 2014. The strategy was established in 2007 with the ports of Tacoma and Seattle in partnership with a host of government stakeholders, including Environment Canada and Metro Vancouver.

Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy objectives:

  • reduce diesel particulate matter emissions per tonne of cargo by 75 per cent by 2015 and 80 per cent by 2020
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions per tonne of cargo by 10 per cent by 2015 and 15 per cent by 2020

2013 Update – Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy [PDF]
2013 Implementation Report – Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy [PDF]
2014 Implementation Report – Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy [PDF]

Air emissions inventory

We conduct a comprehensive inventory of port-related air emissions, including criteria air contaminants and greenhouse gases. The inventories are conducted every five years, to coincide with emissions inventories prepared by Metro Vancouver for the region, and Environment Canada, for marine activities. The 2010 port emission inventory was focused on land-side operations.

2010 Landside Emissions Inventory: Port of Vancouver [PDF]
2008 Landside Emissions Inventory: Burrard Inlet and Roberts Banks – executive summary [PDF]
2008 Landside Emissions Inventory: Burrard Inlet and Roberts Bank [PDF]

Air monitoring

Air quality infographicIn 2014, we funded the purchase and installation of several new pieces of air quality and meteorological monitoring equipment to supplement existing air quality monitoring stations operated by Metro Vancouver. The additions include two stations that continuously monitor air quality and meteorological information, and five passive (non-continuous) sites, all focused in the East Vancouver area of Burrard Inlet.

The expanded air quality monitoring infrastructure will enable us to more accurately capture and record changes in air quality. Metro Vancouver will operate and maintain the monitoring stations, and the data will be made available online along with data from other monitoring stations throughout the region.