The port authority leases federal land and water lots to over 100 industrial tenants including 27 deep-sea marine terminal operators. We work in partnership with our tenants to reduce diesel particulate matter emissions and to promote energy conservation and greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions.
The Vancouver gateway moves more than 120 million tonnes of cargo annually, and moving cargo requires energy. Because the port is growing, more energy will be needed. Since power from BC Hydro is largely from lower-emission hydroelectric sources, meeting this demand with electricity from the grid can lower GHG emissions. In partnership with BC Hydro, our Energy Action initiative is helping ensure the port is ready for the future by advancing efficient, reliable, competitive and clean energy systems. We want to leverage low-emissions hydroelectric energy and maximize electrical energy efficiency.
We help port tenants identify and implement opportunities to reduce energy costs and increase operational productivity through access to technical support and financial incentives.
Learn more about Energy Action.
We work with Vancouver-based social enterprise Climate Smart to provide a training program that supports our tenants work to measure and reduce GHG emissions, complementing their existing efforts. The initiative facilitates a port-focused peer group to share knowledge and practices for minimizing emissions, waste and costs, and the port authority funds 50 per cent of the cost to participate.
To-date, 22 tenants have gone through the training program, many electing to repeat the training. Ten tenants alone have reduced their annual greenhouse gas emissions by 4,340 tonnes, achieving annual cost savings of $1,278,000.
Learn more about Climate Smart and review program results.
Non-Road Diesel Emissions Program
Port of Vancouver tenants are required to annually register diesel-powered equipment, report operating hours, and pay a fee for operation of older, higher-emission equipment. To accelerate the transition to newer, cleaner equipment, up to 80 per cent of the fee is eligible for rebate once the tenant replaces, retrofits or retires the older equipment.
Learn more about the Non-Road Diesel Emissions Program.