2012 Seaport Air Emissions Inventory
The Port of Oakland is pleased to present the 2012 Seaport Air Emissions Inventory. We suggest that you give close attention to Chapter 8, Comparison of 2005 and 2012 Emissions Inventories, which highlights the emissions reductions from key seaport sources since 2005.
In March 2008, the Port of Oakland committed to achieving an 85% reduction in seaport related diesel health risk by 2020 from a 2005 baseline. The following year in April 2009, the Port approved its Maritime Air Quality Improvement Plan (MAQIP), developed by a diverse task force of Port business partners, community stakeholders, and partnering agencies, to provide the roadmap to achieve its goal. We also agreed to report back to the community on our progress. At the 2012 midpoint of our goal timeline, we have already achieved a 70% reduction in diesel particulate matter emissions, even though we’re handling 3% more cargo today than in 2005.
A key tool we use to track implementation of the MAQIP is the seaport emissions inventory. As a baseline, the Port prepared a comprehensive inventory of pollutant emissions from Port related ships, harbor craft, cargo handling equipment, trucks, and locomotives in 2005. As new emissions control technologies are introduced in response to regulations and other initiatives undertaken by the Port, our business partners, or other groups, we can track the resulting emissions reductions with respect to the MAQIP goals through quantitative updates to the baseline emissions inventory.
Based on our 2012 inventory results, we have made significant strides toward our 2020 goal. This success is thanks to our MAQIP and the many partners who have helped along the way. The Port looks forward to continue working with its partners to further reduce emissions and meet its 2020 clean air commitment.