Air, energy and climate action

The port authority and port tenants and terminals are working to reduce port-related air emissions that affect air quality and contribute to climate change.

Our approach is guided by the following goals:

  • protect air quality through the reduction of criteria air contaminants such as sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter emissions
  • reduce port contributions to climate change through reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and black carbon
  • promote a culture of continuous improvement and energy conservation throughout the port, with a focus on operational efficiency and clean technologies
  • collaborate with government and industry on the development of goals and objectives, performance monitoring, and progress reporting

The port authority leads a suite of initiatives aimed at tracking and reducing air emissions associated with key port activities: shipping, trucking, cargo-handling, and tenant operations.


Emissions inventory: Our activity-based emissions inventory enables us to estimate port-related air emissions from a variety of sources. The inventory informs our policies and programs by helping us identify trends and priority areas for action. Learn more about our emissions inventory.

Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy: The strategy was developed in partnership with the ports of Seattle and Tacoma and the Northwest Seaport Alliance to reduce port-related air emissions in the Georgia Basin-Puget Sound air shed. Learn more about the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy.

Air quality monitoring: We collaborate with Metro Vancouver and other partners to monitor air quality around the port. Learn more about air quality monitoring.


EcoAction Program: Ships can receive harbour dues discounts by meeting voluntary best practices that reduce emissions and other environmental impacts. Learn more about our?EcoAction program for?ships.

Shore power: Is a technology that enables ships that are fitted with the necessary equipment to shut off their diesel-powered auxiliary engines and connect to the electricity grid, significantly reducing emissions that contribute to both air pollution and climate change. Learn more about our shore power installations.

Tenant operations

Non-Road Diesel Emissions Program: We work with port tenants to accelerate upgrading of older, higher-emission diesel equipment through a combination of fees and rebates. Learn more about our Non-Road Diesel Emissions Program.

Energy Action: In partnership with BC Hydro, this program helps port tenants advance energy conservation measures and access financial incentives. Learn more about Energy Action.

Climate Smart: We offer training to help port tenants measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about Climate Smart.

Container trucks

Truck Licensing System: Container trucks that access the port meet minimum environmental requirements for engine age, emission controls and idle reduction. Learn more about our Truck Licensing System.