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Collaboration strengthens Port's environmental initiatives

Port Metro Vancouver's efforts to lead port industry in environmental innovation and sustainability are well evidenced through collaboration.

Key initiatives include:

Sustainable Gateway Initiative
What does a sustainable Gateway look like? Last year, we launched an initiative to explore what a sustainable Gateway looks like and develop a framework to integrate this definition into our business planning. In collaboration with our external Advisory Panel, we have now developed a draft Sustainable Gateway Definition (SGD). We are now seeking input from interested groups and Gateway participants to inform how we approach implementation. Please tell us what you think.

Noise Monitoring Program
Port Metro Vancouver has developed a Noise Monitoring Program that will allow us to obtain and record existing noise levels to help us gain a better understanding of the noise environment in Port communities. This program will help us to determine how much noise is attributed to port operations compared with other community noise sources, and aid us in identifying where there might be a noise problem.

Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy
Port Metro Vancouver, in collaboration with the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma, and with support from Environment Canada, the U.S. EPA, B.C. Ministry of Environment, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the Washington State Department of Ecology, developed the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy. The strategy includes emission reduction performance goals for port-related sources, and represents a cooperative effort amongst the three ports to improve air quality and reduce contributions to climate change in the shared Georgia Basin-Puget Sound airshed. Learn more about consultation on 2013 Strategy Update.

Canada Place Shore Power Initiative
Partnering with Princess and Holland America Cruise Lines, the provincial and federal governments, and BC Hydro, Port Metro Vancouver will undertake implementation of shore power for vessels at Canada Place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions when vessels are docked. Find out more about shore power at Canada Place.

Habitat Enhancement Program
The Habitat Enhancement Program is a Port Metro Vancouver initiative, focused on creating and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat. This program is a proactive measure intended to provide a balance between a healthy environment and future development projects that may be required for port operations. Read more about the Habitat Enhancement Program.

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