Savannah, Ga. (WTXL) – The Georgia Ports Authority won an award in recognition for its efforts to cut diesel emissions by the Environmental Protection Agency.
As a leader in reducing carbon emissions, the Southeast Diesel Collaborative (SEDC), a public-private partnership formed by the U.S. EPA Region 4 office, named the GPA as a Community Leadership Award winner.
“The GPA has voluntarily undertaken many projects to decrease diesel fuel consumption, resulting in improved air quality,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz.
The GPA board recently approved spending $8 million for Phase II of the eRTG project, which will convert 10 additional diesel RTGs to electric power, and install conductor rails at 12 more container blocks. The organization’s transition to an eRTG fleet should be complete by 2024.
Foltz says the greater attention paid to environmental stewardship, will pay off long-term in the areas of financial savings and improved efficiency.
“Cutting diesel consumption means not only cleaner air, but also lower energy costs,” he said. “Better cross-terminal truck transit means less idling and quicker turn times, but also reduced emissions.”
In addition to the SEDC announcement, the EPA awarded Georgia Ports with a $600,000 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grant that will be used for a dray truck financing program.