Port of Detroit Decarbonization and Air Quality Improvement Plan - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions  -  May 20, 2024

Port of Detroit Decarbonization and Air Quality Improvement Plan

The Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority takes seriously its responsibility to limit climate change from carbon emissions and to improve air quality and the overall health of residents, workers, and visitors to the 1,000+ acres of cargo terminals area along the Detroit and Rouge rivers known as the Port of Detroit.

"The Port of Detroit Decarbonization and Air Quality Improvement Plan" is the first step in fulfilling that responsibility to reduce the impact of maritime activity on the environment – currently at 3% of global emissions and increasing. Through a year-long effort of engagement with terminal operators, tugboat companies, and other essential port support operators, the Port Authority developed a reliable estimate of the greenhouse gases emanating as a result of port operations. They also engaged with those who live, work, and travel through the port to hear the call to action for cleaner air, reduced sound, vibrations, and the danger in neighborhood streets caused by trucks that haul cargo from the port every day. Finally, they studied what other ports have done on their journey toward reducing emissions and improving health and safety and have collected best practices to perform the baseline carbon assessment for the Port of Detroit.

Download this report for a summary of findings and the #GreenPortDetroit plan for achieving net zero by 2040:

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