The Port of New York and New Jersey has extensive environmental programs, ranging from proposed strategies to reduce air emissions from shipping to an Environmental Management System (EMS) to reduce impact from facilities' operations.
The Port Authority has worked with its partners to develop a Clean Air Strategy for the Port of NY and NJ. The strategy lays out practical actions that the Port and industry stakeholders can take to reduce diesel and greenhouse (GHG) emissions in advance of potential regulations.
These actions will significantly reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) pollution, as well as greenhouse gases (GHG). Examples of these actions include replacement of the oldest and most polluting trucks serving the port, installation of shore power capability at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, retrofit of two switcher locomotives serving the Port's on-dock rail operations with GenSet systems, and modernization of cargo handling equipment used by terminal operators leasing space from the Port Authority.
The Port Authority, Port Commerce Department (PCD) holds as a basic value a commitment to the communities in which it operates and to the society at large. This commitment includes safeguarding the land, water, air, natural resources, flora, fauna, people and their interrelation. To that end, PCD has adopted environmental stewardship as one of its key business objectives to protect the environment while providing economic benefits to the region.
The Port Authority of NY & NJ, Port Commerce Department, as a landlord port, has completed air emission inventories of the various sources of port related emissions: ocean going vessels and harbor craft; trucks; cargo handling equipment; and rail locomotives.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Port Commerce Department, 2008 Multi-Facility Emissions Inventory of Cargo Handling Equipment, Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicles, Railroad Locomotives and Commercial Marine Vessels
Our Green Practices Task Force, which is comprised of about 20 on-port businesses (including East Coast Warehouse and Toyota Logistics Services) and Port Authority staff in New York and New Jersey, is identifying green initiatives that address air and water quality, waste minimization, and energy conservation. Tenants have voluntarily:
Our Cargo Handling Equipment emissions inventory, which compared the 2002 fleet with the modernized 2004 fleet and was completed through a voluntary initiative between the Port Authority and several marine terminals, earned a national Environmental Improvement Award from the American Association of Port Authorities.
Our Green Ports Program aims to conserve and enhance the Port of New York and New Jersey's natural resources while promoting sound business practices.
Components of the program include:
The Port Authority participates with federal, state, and local agencies, businesses, and environmental groups in a number of initiatives to maintain a healthy harbor and shoreline of the Port of New York and New Jersey. These include:
The New York Container Terminal (NYCT) at Howland Hook and APM Terminal in Elizabeth have purchased yard hostlers -- trucks used to move containers around a terminal -- with customized hybrid technology to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. Yard hostlers make frequent starts and stops and have a high percentage of idling time so they are ideal vehicles with which to test the viability of using hybrid technology in cargo handling equipment. We have partnered with the Port of Rotterdam – Europe's busiest port – on this pilot project, working through the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) International Sustainability Ports and Carriers Partnership (ISPCP).
The Port Authority has been involved in a number of projects to redevelop brownfields -- abandoned, underused, and potentially contaminated industrial and commercial facilities and land. Our brownfields projects include:
The Staten Island Ferry fleet includes eight diesel-powered vessels. From 2003 to 2006, the Port Authority completed a demonstration project to retrofit the Alice Austin, a Ferry vessel, with a selective catalytic reduction emission control technology and a diesel oxidation catalyst. This technology significantly reduced the Alice Austin's nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 19 tons per year – about an 80 percent reduction. Additional ferry vessels are now being retrofitted with new engine technology.
Through partnerships with the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers and other agencies, we are preserving local wetlands, including Elders Point Island in Jamaica Bay, N.Y., and Woodbridge Creek in Woodbridge, N.J. The Woodbridge Creek Ecosystem Restoration restored approximately 23 acres of tidal wetlands and 27 additional acres. In Woodbridge, the conveyor brought in dredged material to create a hill that now acts as a sound barrier against the New Jersey Turnpike.
At Jamaica Bay, a hopper and conveyor belt was used to move the island's elevation above mean level.
These projects included installation of coir logs and the removal of invasive phagmites species, lowering the elevation of the tidal wetlands, and creation of additional creeks that allow for the re-colonization of many wetland species.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has partnered with the States of New York and New Jersey, the City of New York, the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Army Corps of Engineers, and Federal Highways Administration, in the first ever multi-agency effort to create a long-term port development plan that is both economically efficient and environmentally sustainable. This effort, referred to as the Comprehensive Port Improvement Plan (CPIP), identifies specific water and landside infrastructure development scenarios and recommends associated transportation enhancements that are required to accommodate growing cargo demand out to the year 2060. CPIP is funded by the States of New York and New Jersey, using the bistate dredging fund, the Port Authority and the City of New York. The CPIP Plan and the accompanying CPIP Environmental Assessment will provide a framework for the consideration and evaluation of future regional port improvement projects.
The following CPIP applications, along with the CPIP Environmental Assessment can be downloaded:
Volume Two - CPIP Toolkit
CPIP Environmental Assessment