The Port of San Diego has received a Green Fleet Leadership Award, recognizing the Port’s dedication to exploring options for alternative fuels and cutting petroleum use and emissions in the San Diego region. The award was presented by the San Diego Regional Clean Cities Coalition, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy to advance economic, environmental and energy security by supporting local actions to cut petroleum use in transportation.
“We are delighted to be recognized as an environmental champion within the San Diego region by the Clean Cities Coalition,” said Port Chairman Robert “Dukie” Valderrama. “At the Port we take our role as protector of the San Diego Bay very seriously and work hard to find innovative ways to reduce our fleet’s environmental impact on the waterfront and the surrounding communities.”
The Green Fleet Leadership Awards recognize local leaders in efficient vehicle fleets, alternative fuel deployments and emissions reductions. Fleets are awarded based on their performance in three key areas including progress from a selected baseline year, total reductions, and actions taken and policies implemented by the organization. Based on the fleets’ overall performance, they are placed into one of three categories: Green Fleet Ally, Green Fleet Leader or Green Fleet Champion. The Port was placed in the Green Fleet Ally category.
In the area of alternative fuel exploration, the Port has incorporated alternative fuels into its own fleet including the use of compressed natural gas as well as renewable diesel. The Port has also been working closely with its Working Waterfront tenants to explore opportunities to demonstrate zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles and cargo handling equipment. In 2016, the San Diego Port Tenants Association was awarded a $6 million grant from the California Energy Commission on behalf of multiple tenants to prove new technologies such as all-electric lifts and drayage trucks can be operated successfully in a maritime environment. These vehicles and pieces of equipment will be arriving at the Port in 2018.
The extensive research conducted by the Port provided comprehensive annual data to accurately monitor emissions reduction. Through its shore power program, which was installed in 2010, greenhouse gas emissions from cruise and refrigerated cargo ships have been reduced by roughly 2,300 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. In addition, since the adoption of the Climate Action Plan in 2013, the Port’s own fleet emissions have been reduced by 3 percent.
The Port was honored at an awards ceremony on December 12, 2017 at Envision Solar’s Manufacturing Facility in San Diego. Other entities that were honored include SDG&E, UC San Diego, the County of San Diego, City of Chula Vista, the San Diego Regional Airport Authority and the City of San Diego.
About the Port of San Diego:
The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.
The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.
About Port of San Diego Environment:
Port of San Diego Environment champions the safekeeping and environmental care of our diverse ecosystems.
Year after year, environmental goals are set and measured to evolve environmental initiatives – ensuring San Diego Bay remains a vibrant resource and contributes to a remarkable way of life for visitors and residents for generations to come.