AMP Terminals Elizabeth will begin using green power from a supplier which uses renewables such as wind and solar which is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 45%.
The 45% reduction will see 7 kg CO2/TEU slashed from the current 16 kg CO2/TEU intensity. This translates into an estimated emissions reduction of 8000 metric tons of CO2 in 2021.
This is the latest development in a decarbonising plan which began in 2016 as part of a multi-year effort to reduce energy consumption through improved efficiency, equipment upgrades, and electrification to reduce emissions and create a safer, cleaner working environment for employees. The project has generated a reduction in CO2 emissions from an average of 18 kg CO2/TEU in 2016, to 16 kg CO2/TEU in 2020.
Jon Poelma, Managing Director of APM Terminals Elizabeth said “Our decision to pursue greensourced energy reflects our overall long-term company plans to decarbonise our terminal operations.
“We’re progressing on that goal through a multi-year program that aligns with our customers who are also decarbonising their logistics chains and looking to work with like-minded companies.”
APM Terminals Elizabeth has also introduced a new gate complex designed to improve the trucker experience, reduce truck idling and improve turn times. Average turnaround time reductions of 11 minutes have already been seen, representing a reduction of 3 kilograms CO2/TEU, benefiting the trucker community and wider New Jersey port area.
Other actions underway to reduce emissions include improving operational efficiencies and traffic management on the terminal.
“We’re on a path to achieving net zero carbon emissions and making significant steps this year. We will continue to focus on emission reduction and working with our customers to reduce their supply chain emissions, while collaborating with federal, state and local authorities to achieve this goal together, added Mr. Poelma.
APM Terminals Elizabeth operates one of the largest container terminals in the Port of New York/New Jersey, investing $200 million in upgrading the facility to improve the customer experience, enhance productivity and expand capacity for future growth as part of a five-year modernisation programme.
A near dock rail facility, Millennium Marine Rail (MMR) is operated jointly with Maher Terminals and handles 60% of intermodal cargo to the hinterland – as part of APM Terminals Elizabeth’ gateway port, first call vessel status.