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Port Houston to become carbon neutral by 2050


Port Houston’s newest ship-to-shore cranes stand nearly 30 stories tall with a boom length of 211 ft. able to load and unload vessels up to 22 containers wide.

Port Houston has unveiled plans to become carbon neutral and achieve a net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint in the next 30 years, by upgrading technology, improving infrastructure and equipment, and utilising alternative fuels and clean energy sources.

The US port has launched 72 ongoing initiatives, as well as a recent Sustainability Action Plan that includes 27 opportunities to lead, partner, or support sustainability initiatives.

“Our goal is ambitious, but we must be practical in how we achieve it,” said Port Houston executive director, Roger Guenther, and continued, “The choices we make will be good for the environment and also good for the economy and the millions of people who rely on the Houston Ship Channel and Port Houston for their jobs.”

As part of the carbon neutrality action plan, Port Houston is also working toward eliminating dockside emissions, transitioning trucks to low/no emissions vehicles, helping implement green shipping corridors as well as green marine and road fuels.

In addition, over the next three years, the US port intends to install smart lighting at its facilities, improve gate efficiencies, improve navigation efficiencies and create 800 acres of new wildlife habitat, according to a statement.

“We know that today’s work must be done sustainably for future generations. Port Houston facilities are just part of the overall equation, though,” Guenther said. “Reductions are needed throughout the supply chain, including ships, trucks, tenants, and other operators. Global decarbonization in shipping is also needed to achieve a better tomorrow,” he added.

The port reduced its carbon footprint by 55% from 2016 to 2021 and studies have shown a 21% reduction in carbon footprint from 2013 to 2019 by Port Houston and the other varied operators who utilise the Channel.

Source: Container News

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