The Port of Vancouver is testing low- and zero-emission technologies in an effort to achieve zero emissions by 2050, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority revealed recently.
Technology and alternative fuels being tested includes all-electric terminal tractors, a hydrogen-powered crane, and bio-diesel fuel for commercial ferries.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Province of British Columbia have both stated that they are working with various partners to phase out all emissions long-term—and have thus far committed $3 million combined to help fund the transition.
“Charting our course towards a zero-emission port starts with collaborative efforts like these,” believes Robin Silvester, chief executive of the Port Authority.
According to Silvester, it is imperative to “test innovative new low-emission fuels and technologies that reduce emissions while keeping trade moving through the Port of Vancouver.”
“We plan to continue taking tangible steps, in close collaboration with our partners across the port, towards our goal of phasing out all port-related emissions by 2050,” he added.
The port industry’s transition to zero-emissions by 2050 is in line a broader province-wide push through a spectrum of funded tracks.
For example, through the StrongerBC Economic Plan, a new “Integrated Marketplace Initiative” matches innovators of clean, made-in-B.C. technology with industry buyers looking for clean-tech solutions.
The initiative kicked off with a pilot project that links Vancouver International Airport to B.C. clean-technology companies that will help electrify the airport’s operations to meet its own “net-zero by 2030” commitment.
The Government of B.C. is investing up to $11.5 million to develop the Integrated Marketplace Initiative, which aims to provide local clean-tech companies with a platform to test their innovation on real-world challenges.