Press Release Article


Date: Sep 04, 2007
Press Release Number: 69-2007

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Port of Rotterdam - Europe’s largest port - today reached an agreement to jointly strengthen and expand environmental initiatives in both ports.

The agreement, signed by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Deputy Executive Director Ernesto L. Butcher and Pieter Struijs, Senior Executive Vice President for the Port of Rotterdam, calls for both ports to share information and experiences that will enhance existing programs to improve air, water, soil and wildlife quality.

The agreement is part of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-sponsored initiative known as “International Sustainable Ports and Carriers Partnership.” It involves ports from the United States and the international community forming a partnership to advance mutual goals for improving the environment.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “It’s critical that we confront the enormous challenges that lie ahead by creating a port that’s a world-class model of environmental sustainability, while maintaining its status in the global economy. This agreement will help us develop a strategy for implementing alternative energy solutions at our ports that will allow them to grow and prosper for many years.”

Port Authority Executive Director Anthony E. Shorris said, “As we begin our $2 billion investment to upgrade our port infrastructure, we must tackle with equal vigor the sustainability issues associated with those major capital projects. We’re already off to a good start, but much more needs to be done. This agreement will allow us to share ideas with our sister port overseas so that we improve quality of life without undercutting economic growth.”

Mr. Butcher said, “Our port has achieved a national reputation for pioneering environmental programs that will ensure the region’s sustainability for years to come.

We’ve purchased and preserved key parcels of environmentally sensitive property, we’re investing $530 million to build new ship-to-rail facilities at port terminals to reduce the dependence on trucks to move cargo, and we’re retrofitting Staten Island ferries with cleaner-burning engines, to name just a few of our ongoing programs. We applaud the Port of Rotterdam for sharing our vision, and we look forward to working closely with them well into the future.”

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Administrator Alan J. Steinberg said, “Just as we live in a global economy, we also live in a global environment. This agreement with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Port of Rotterdam will foster innovative solutions to common environmental challenges.”

Mr. Struijs said, “I am convinced that within our competitive port businesses there is still room for enhancing sustainable port development. We are extremely happy that the old friendship between our ports will become the basis for further environmental improvement.”

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.

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