Port Authority Embraces the Paris Climate Agreement

Paris Climate Agreement

New interim greenhouse gas reduction target established; roadmap for achieving goals adopted by Board

The Port Authority of NY & NJ has embraced the Paris Climate Agreement by setting a new, interim target for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and adopting a roadmap for achieving those reductions. The decision to embrace the Paris Climate Agreement is consistent with the pledges made by the States of New York and New Jersey as part of the U.S. Climate Alliance.

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The interim target of reducing the Port Authority's own greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 35 percent by 2025 will demonstrate progress towards and support the long-term commitment to reduce all emissions related to the agency's facilities by 80 percent by 2050.

Emissions Reductions Achieved to Date

Since 2008, the Port Authority has reduced its own GHG emissions by 13% compared to the 2006 baseline year.

The emissions reductions achieved to date were driven by:

  • Energy conservation measures, including LED lighting, upgrading of old HVAC equipment, and building envelope improvements
  • Renewable energy projects, including on-site solar installations at EWR, SWF and PATH and off-site renewable energy purchase
Photo of Solar Panel installation at EWR

Solar photovoltaic installation at Newark Liberty International Airport


Photo of New LED Lighting in Lincoln Tunnel

LED Lighting in Lincoln Tunnel

New Targets and Roadmap for Emissions Reductions

The PA has developed a roadmap for continuing emissions reductions, in order to achieve the interim target of reducing its emissions 35% by 2025. This roadmap includes several measures that are already underway, as well as new programs:

  • Energy Efficiency: The Port Authority’s Guaranteed Energy Conservation Program has been the biggest source of greenhouse gas reductions to date. Under this Program, vendors installing energy efficiency improvements at PA facilities guarantee annual energy consumption reductions. The Board agreed to re-authorize this program, which is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 15,000 metric tons per year. In addition, the utility savings from these reductions offsets the installation cost of the improvements.
  • On-site renewable energy projects: new solar energy projects proposed for rooftops and parking lots at SWF, LGA, PATH, and JFK; and a new fuel cell at 1 WTC are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 8,000 metric tons per year. On-site renewables will also be incorporated into new construction through redevelopment programs at JFK, LGA, and EWR.
  • Clean Vehicle Program: we aim to electrify 100% of the airport shuttle bus fleet, and 50% of Port Authority’s light duty vehicle fleet. The conversion to electric is already underway, and represents one of the largest commitments to electric buses of any airport operator in the U.S. 
All Electric Bus at JFK

All Electric Bus at JFK

Enhancing Collaboration to Support Market Transformations

In addition to programs and projects aimed at reducing Port Authority emissions, we are enhancing collaboration with tenants and partners to advance emissions reduction in sectors slower to decarbonize, including aviation and shipping. Examples of these efforts are:

  • Clean Vessel Incentive Program: The Board has approved to extend the current program through 2023. The Clean Vessel Incentive Program rewards vessels that make voluntary engine, fuel and technology enhancements that reduce emissions beyond regulatory environmental standards, which reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve local air quality due to the reduction in emissions of NOx, SOx, and particulate matter. Click here to learn more.
  • Electric Cargo Handling Equipment: Pilot the first ever electric cargo-handling equipment at a US ocean shipping port, a straddle-carrier, at the Elizabeth Port Authority Marine Terminal in partnership with operator Maher Terminals. If successful; look to expand across port facilities
  • Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Hub: In partnership with the New York Power Authority, we will install a fast-charging hub at JFK airport comprised of 10 Direct Current Fast Chargers – the first hub of its kind at any airport in the U.S. – that will recharge public and for-hire vehicles in 30 minutes or less.

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