The Port of Tacoma Commission voted unanimously to phase out greenhouse gas emissions under the port’s direct control by 2040, accelerating the target from 2050.
More specifically, the commission addressed what are called scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gases, which represent direct emissions from Port-owned and operated buildings and vehicles, and electricity purchased for Port facilities.
This contrasts with Scope 3 emissions, which are from sources not directly controlled by the Port, such as cargo ships, drayage trucks, and facilities leased to private companies.
“The Port takes seriously our commitment to the environment and clean air,” said Deanna Keller, Port of Tacoma commission president, adding, “Accelerating our net zero emission target gives us an opportunity to demonstrate climate leadership and take action where we have direct control.”
Strategies for Port-controlled assets include buying electric vehicles, replacing natural gas in buildings with electricity, and purchasing renewable fuels to displace fossil fuels.
The Port of Tacoma could also purchase offset credits for remaining emissions that cannot be eliminated by other measures.
“Implementing the net zero policy will require a number of multi-million-dollar projects, like the Administration Building Electric Vehicle Charging Station project that the commission authorised this February,” said the US port in a statement.