USWC of North America; leaders in clean air policy.
Transportation, port and terminal incentives to its users.
The other day I came across an article that was on twitter that pointed out just how committed the port of Rotterdam was in meeting its air quality targets through programs that reward it users being marine vessels, terminal operators, trucking companies in making a contribution to reducing green house gas emissons. What caught my attention more was in the system of tracking just how much emissions per tonne were being reduced and accuratley measured through a points system of key performance indicators.
For example if a carrier uses scrubbers or low sulphur fuels in place of say LNG engine design or a hybrid option they would be reducing the carbon foot print in comparison to using diesel to power their engines. Creating the formula that accurately will take statistical data through data analytics compiling of information that enables port authorities, state ferry companies such as BC ferries and Transport Canada to test whether converting to alternative engine fuels will have a significant impact on its intended targets and its long term impact. Once LNG testing is completed by state ferries to determine if further passenger ferries should be invested with LNG engines than the future capital expenditures would be approved and accepted much more by the community, its tax payers and its investors.
As terminal operators sustain greener operations so does the agricultural industries who deliver large volumes of grain being produced in the rich grain regions throughout the Prairies as well as the Idaho region. This is where innovation and energy technology is applied to agricultural equipment for the farming industry as hybrid power becomes much more a favorable option for some industries while for others considerations in storage power, rate of consumption and the bottlenecks that are associated with accessible supply are strong economic considerations. A good example of storage power used for industrial remote projects would be in generators using natural gas where pipe lines may not be built or grids need sources from alternative suppliers that may be limited to capital and do not have the large dense populations to sustain the investment and long term use of the energy for alternative projects.
Investment by energy suppliers in the US and Canada specifically companies like Fortis BC, Spectrum Energy and Pudget Sound Energy in infrastucture throughout fuelling stations for the commerical trucking industry, public transit and monarails taking fleets to longer travel routes without disruption has been a prime example of government clean policy programs working with industry to utilize tax payers money for long term gains in costs, cleaner air and much more innovative practises. This is a very good opportunity to continue new innovative applications of technologies that can be applied to different needs of industry that sustain our resource development in operations that are sustainable long term.