The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, along with partners from the port community, are testing different low and zero-emission fuels and technologies at Canada’s largest port, Port of Vancouver.
As a support to the Canadian government's objective of achieving net zero emissions by 2050, the port authority is conducting the testing as part of its efforts to phase out all port-related emissions by 2050.
The port authority and the Province of British Columbia, through the Low-Emission Technology Initiative, have each committed funding $1.5 million to support the port community’s transition to “low-emission energy, including the testing of battery-electric-powered terminal tractors, 100% biodiesel on commercial ferries, a hydrogen-powered crane, and 100% renewable diesel on a terminal locomotive and one of the port authority’s patrol boats.”
According to Vancouver Fraser Port Authority President and CEO Robin Silvester, transitioning towards a zero-emission port begins with collaborative efforts between the port authority, port community, and the government.
“Charting our course towards a zero-emission port starts with collaborative efforts like these—between the port authority, the port community, and government—to test innovative new low-emission fuels and technologies that reduce emissions while keeping trade moving through the Port of Vancouver,” he said.
He added, “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.”
Moreover, the efforts to test low-emission fuels is said to include a 6-month trial of 100% renewable diesel on one of the port authority’s patrol boats, the Takaya, marking the port authority to be the first federal agency in Canada to operate a vessel on 100% renewable diesel.
Meanwhile, members of the port community continue to test many various low-emission fuels and technologies across the Port of Vancouver.
“We applaud our partners across the port community for their leadership in creating a more sustainable future at the Port of Vancouver. It’s fantastic to see so many efforts underway by industry to test and adopt new fuels and technologies that, together, will help pave the way towards creating a zero-emission port by 2050 while supporting our vision for the Port of Vancouver to be the world’s most sustainable port,” Silvester expressed.