Port of New Orleans reaches sustainability milestone

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) marked the replacement of the 100th truck through the Clean Truck Replacement Incentive Program (Clean TRIP) over the 4th of July weekend, and 101st last week, ahead of its hosting of the NOLA Coffee Festival 15-16 September.

Since Port NOLA launched the Clean TRIP programme in 2016, 101 short-haul drayage trucks have been replaced with cleaner burning engines, reducing fine particulate emissions from each truck by 96%, which is equal to taking more than 116,000 cars off the road.

The programme offers a 50% ($35,000 maximum) cost incentive for the voluntary replacement of drayage trucks that service cargo terminals and warehouses within the entirety of Port NOLA’s three-parish jurisdiction (Jefferson, Orleans and St Bernard).

Clean TRIP is made possible with funding by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ). Port NOLA has received five competitive grants to date providing truck replacement rebates supporting our local Port trucking industry, helping reduce local air emissions, and increasing reliability and efficiency of on-road movement of freight.

“The ongoing success of the award-winning Clean TRIP initiative highlights the Port of New Orleans’ deep commitment to greening the supply chain,” said Brandy D Christian, Port NOLA president and CEO and CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Commission (NOPB). “As the shipping industry in general prioritises sustainability, Port NOLA and our private partners are staying ahead of the curve by investing in greater sustainability at the second container terminal project in St Bernard Parish, the Louisiana International Terminal.”

The Louisiana International Terminal in Violet, which is in the design and permitting phase, will incorporate the latest green technologies. That includes shore power, allowing vessels to plug in at the dock, eliminating the need to run diesel engines. This can cut local vessel emissions by up to 98%. Operators also plan to invest in an electrified equipment fleet, further reducing local emissions impacts.

Like the Uptown facilities, the Louisiana International Terminal will also be equipped to provide container-on-barge services, which move containers by water rather than road to reduce air emissions. Port NOLA’s current container-on-barge service has reduced more than 11,000 short tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and saved one million gallons of diesel fuel. The container-on-barge service moves an average of 30,000 TEUs per year between New Orleans, Port Allen, Memphis and now St Louis.

Port NOLA has been Green Marine Green Port Certified since 2015 and now four major port tenants are also Green Marine certified. Green Marine is a voluntary environmental certification programme for the North American maritime industry.

Port NOLA’s subsidiary, the New Orleans Public Belt (NOPB) railroad is also focused on greening rail operations. NOPB has 10 EPA-classified Tier 1 locomotives in their fleet, which replaced older, dirtier locomotives in 2020. NOPB has also deployed 45 solar powered switches across its network.

The Port of New Orleans will continue to accept applications for truck replacements, while funding is available. Eligible applicants must fully own a drayage truck with three years of remaining life that currently operates and consistently services facilities within the Port of New Orleans jurisdiction. More information about Clean TRIP eligibility can be found at cleantrip-portno.com/eligibility.

The NOLA Coffee Festival will celebrate the unique heritage of the area’s coffee industry. The annual industry trade show and consumer festival was created to celebrate the joy of coffee products and to celebrate the many people who serve this industry from farmer to distributor to roaster to shop owner and barista.

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