Date: Nov 29, 2005
Press Release Number: 141-2005
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has received a national award for environmental initiatives that produced significant reductions in air emissions at its seaport terminals.
The American Association of Port Authorities presented the award to the bistate agency for its voluntary efforts to track and document emissions from off-road vehicles at its five marine terminals. The award also honored the agency’s work with its terminal operators to modernize their off-road fleets with equipment powered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-certified on-road engines that exceed environmental standards. The award was presented at the association’s convention in Tampa, Fla.
Levels of pollutants emitted between 2002 and 2004 decreased between 31 and 35 percent, despite the number of vehicles – such as straddle carriers – increasing by 19 percent, average operating hours by 5 percent and cargo handling by 25 percent.
This is the bistate agency’s second environmental award in three years, having earned similar recognition from the American Association of Port Authorities in 2003.
Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “We take our role as environmental stewards of the port very seriously, and we are pleased that others have acknowledged the good work that we have done. We will continue to go above and beyond what is required of us to protect natural habitats and the environment where we live and work.”
Port Authority Port Commerce Director Richard M. Larrabee said, “We believe it is important to balance our port redevelopment with pro-environment initiatives. Since our 50-foot channel-deepening project began last year, we have increased our efforts to mitigate environmental impacts, including a pilot program in which Staten Island ferries are being retrofitted with cleaner burning engines, some parcels of environmentally sensitive land in the region have been purchased for preservation, and our port tenants have installed modern, cleaner, electric-powered cranes. We will continue to explore areas where we can further improve upon our strong environmental record.”
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; the Port Authority-Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.
The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.