Major green targets for US$348m US port plan

Port of Seattle Electrification and habitat restoration will be two key aspects of the Port of Seattle’s 2019-2023 capital investment plan. Credit: Port of Seattle
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The Port of Seattle’s US$348m 2019-2023 capital investment plan includes US$30m for waterfront electrification to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from waterfront equipment and cruise vessels at berth and improve air quality for maritime workers and residents.

US$17m will also be allocated for a Terminal 117 habitat restoration programme, the port revealed as the Port of Seattle Commission approved its capital investment plan and 2019 budget.

Stephen P. Metruck, executive director of the port, said: “This forward-looking budget and five-year plan directly responds to our region’s travel, trade, and logistics needs. We prioritized efficient facilities, environmental investments, and resources to strengthen customer service and community engagement.”

Duwamish focus

Almost US$7m will be allocated to continue the port’s commitment to environmental clean-up and other remediation in the Duwamish, while US$5m will also be allocated to the Sustainable Aviation Fuels and Air Emissions programme to reduce air emissions in communities near the airport; and strategies and projects to reduce airport-related greenhouse-gas emissions.

More than US$1m will be allocated for energy and sustainability partnering funds, environmental justice projects for near-port communities, work on the port’s sustainable aviation fuels programme and continued work on an energy and sustainability framework evaluation for port projects,

Solar power will also be installed at the port’s Pier 69 building, while $200,000 will be provided for construction of future phases of the Smith Cove habitat and carbon sequestration project.

US$750,000 will be used for addressing airport noise, and other issues including environmental health and sustainability in South King County Communities, as part of a proposed five-year, US$10m programme.

US$500,000 for the ACE Fund will continue small grants in near-airport communities and creates a Green Cities Partnership and an Urban Forest proposal.

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