Port of Oakland Beats Goal: Achieves 86% Reduction in Diesel Emissions

Port of Oakland Beats Goal: Achieves 86% Reduction in Diesel Emissions

In 2005, under its Maritime Air Quality Improvement Program (MAQIP), the Port of Oakland in California targeted an 85% reduction in diesel particulate matter (DPM), a 34% reduction in nitrous oxide (NOx), and an 85% reduction in sulfur oxides (SOx).

As the leading provider of fully active emission control systems, we’re happy to see that the Port recently announced they had exceeded all three goals in 2020, as the chart below shows:

Goal for Reduction from 2005 Reduce DPM 85% Reduce NOx 34% Reduce SOx 85%
Results (Year 2020) 86% reduction 40% reduction 95% reduction

The 2020 Seaport Air Emissions Inventory looked at six categories of mobile sources: ocean-going vessels, harbor craft such as tugboats, cargo-handling equipment, on-road trucks, locomotives and other off-road equipment, such as construction equipment.

According to Port Environmental Planner/Scientist Tracy Fidell, “Reductions for harmful emissions were achieved despite an increase in cargo volume.” Container throughput at the Oakland Seaport increased by nearly 8% from 2005 to 2020.

“This huge reduction in harmful emissions is a tremendous achievement,” said Port Director of Environmental Programs and Planning, Richard Sinkoff.  “The Port, its partners and the community worked together for more than a decade to improve air quality and support public health through major investments, innovation and commitment.”

Port officials also recognized BAAQMD (Bay Area Air Quality Management District) WOEIP (West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project), and CARB (California Air Resources Board).

“Zero emissions at the Oakland Seaport is our next goal,” said Richard Sinkoff. “In 2019 we established the Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan; it provides us a pathway to eliminating harmful emissions from maritime activities.”

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