Date: Feb 19, 2014
Press Release Number: 44-2014
Agency is nation’s third-greenest government fleet;
Board approves purchase of more than 200 alternative-fuel vehicles
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today approved the purchase of more than 200 “green” vehicles, bringing the number of alternative-fuel, environmentally friendly cars and trucks to approximately 85 percent of the agency’s entire fleet – which was named the third-greenest among federal, state and local agencies surveyed across the country.
The Port Authority continues replacing many of its older, gasoline-powered cars and trucks with a variety of low-emissions vehicles, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-certified SmartWay, hybrid, electric, natural gas and clean diesel vehicles. Recently, the agency’s fleet of roughly 2,000 on-road and off-road vehicles ranked the third greenest among 38,000 federal, state and local agencies, according to a survey issued by The 100 Best Fleets in North America™ and Green Fleet magazine.
“This agency has been committed to initiatives that bolster our position as good environmental stewards in the region,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “Today’s vehicle purchase will result in improved air quality and reduced pollution, and will advance the agency’s sustainability goals by further reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our automotive fleet operations.”
“Today’s investment of $28 million is just part of our ongoing, multimillion-dollar commitment to environmentally friendly and clean energy projects,” said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Deborah Gramiccioni. “The steps we are taking to reduce vehicle emissions and to improve air quality around the region have proven to be effective, and we are committed to continuing to reduce our carbon footprint wherever possible.”
The Port Authority is a longtime proponent of reducing the use of fossil fuels in its vehicles and seeking ways to increase its use of clean energy vehicles. The agency’s fleet – composed of biodiesel, compressed natural gas, Ethanol-85 and hybrid electric on-road vehicles, as well as a smaller off-road fleet that includes use of electricity, propane and solar power – eliminates more than 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the air annually.
The 100 Best Fleets in North America™ and Green Fleet magazine evaluated the fleets of numerous agencies across the United States in key categories such as fleet composition and utilization, fuel usage and staff support and education. This is the fourth straight year the Port Authority’s green fleet has been in the magazine’s top 50 fleet rankings and is the highest position to date.
Recently, Port Authority’s vehicles also were certified by Empire Clean Cities, a coalition of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, another public acknowledgement of the agency’s sustainable initiatives.
With the price of alternative-fuel vehicles falling and the cost of fossil fuels rising, purchasing these vehicles also will help the Port Authority save on costs, while reducing its carbon footprint – the main goal of the agency’s Clean Air Strategy.
For more information regarding the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Environmental Initiatives and Sustainability Policy, visit www.panynj.gov.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.