A new study by Energy Futures finds that U.S. ports are a major source of pollution and GHG emissions in their cities and that progress on the problem has been slow. The ten-month study analyzed the cities of America’s top ten container ports. Container shipments have risen 80 percent in the last decade to more than 10,000 visits annually to American ports.
Based on the study’s findings, Energy Futures has outlined the need for policies that include promoting the use of alternative fuels, developing a port clean-up strategy at the federal level and creating national funding to clean up ports.
Last fall, the chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping said the UN must enforce global regulations if the industry is to cut emissions. And last year, The Port of Vancouver implemented a new program that charges lower tolls for more eco-friendly ships.