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Non-Road Diesel Emissions Initiative

Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) is developing a Non-Road Diesel Emissions (NRDE) Initiative to reduce diesel particulate matter (DPM) emissions associated with non-road equipment and cargo-handling equipment (CHE) operating within PMV’s jurisdiction.

PMV is committed to improving air quality and protecting human health by implementing emissions reduction initiatives that address port activities. Under the Air Action Program, PMV implemented the EcoAction Program for ships in 2007, and the Truck License System for the trucking sector in 2008. The NRDE Initiative will address an important port-related emissions sector by advancing idle reduction and clean technologies in non-road diesel equipment. PMV strives to provide an initiative that is both effective in reducing emissions and responsive to the needs of port business.

Further information on the initiative along with consultation materials can be found at

Air and Energy Action Program

Port Metro Vancouver is leading the way for other ports to address air quality and climate change, by focusing on the use of technologies and the promotion of operational efficiencies to reduce air emissions. Our Air Action Program works to reduce emissions now and as we grow to help maintain good air quality for the future.

Key components of our Air Action Program are:  

EcoAction Program

Our EcoAction Program promotes attainable emissions reduction goals for ocean-going vessels that enter our Port, and rewards those who excel in environmental stewardship. In 2010, we launched the Blue Circle Award for the EcoAction Program for Shipping, a user-friendly financial incentive for shipping lines that reduce emissions of their ocean-going vessels.

Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy

Port Metro Vancouver is working with the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma to address port-related contributions to air quality and climate change in the Georgia Basin Puget Sound air shed through the Northwest Port's Clean Air Strategy. We also collaborate with national and international stakeholders to ensure the programs in place have a lasting effect.  

Port Metro Vancouver Landside Air Emissions Inventory

Port Metro Vancouver led the development of a port landside emissions inventory of common air contaminants, greenhouse gases with support from Environment Canada and Metro Vancouver. This Phase One report includes emissions from cargo-handling equipment, trucks and rail along Burrard Inlet and Roberts Bank.

Environmental Requirements Through the Truck Licensing Program

Starting in 2008 we introduced increasingly stringent environmental requirements into the Container Truck Licensing Program (TLS). Requirements focus on the phasing out of older trucks, mandatory opacity and idling limits and an awareness program. Consistent with the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy, the requirements will bring the fleet up to the equivalent of a 2007 truck for particulate matter emissions.

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Did you know?

Our emissions reduction programs have attracted international acclaim. 

We received the GLOBE 2010 ecoFREIGHT Award for Sustainable Transportation.

Globe Award Ceremony

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