In an effort to improve sustainable development, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Broward County’s Port Everglades will partner on a study of air emissions in a seaport scenario.
The agency hopes that the data garnered from this study, part of its Ports Initiative, will enable the port to track its path toward emission reduction goals and examine how effective specific technologies and strategies are to their overall efforts. The results will be useful in developing future methods and generating practical examples for other ports, agencies and stakeholders.
Port Everglades will work with the EPA on research and modeling that will cover the port’s operations, technologies and growth scenarios. The agency will also work on emissions estimates for areas outside the port that are influenced by its customers, such as highways and railways.
“This agreement is an important step forward in developing emission reduction scenarios and inventories for port communities,” Christopher Grundler, Director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, said. “With this collaborative initiative, together EPA and Port Everglades can support sustainable development and cleaner air.”
Port Everglades is one of the three busiest cruise ports internationally, and is also a major container port for the United States.