ELIZABETH–Maher Terminals, which operates the largest terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey, announced on Wednesday an environmental and energy initiative to significantly reduce emissions.
In partnership with the EPA, NJDEP, and the Port Authority of NY/NJ, Maher Terminals will launch several environmental and energy facility upgrades at its terminal in Elizabeth. The upgrades which include solar power and energy efficiency improvements that will decrease carbon monoxide emissions at the terminal by over eight million pounds annually.
The upgrades will include:
? Energy Conservation Measures at the Terminal’s two primary onsite buildings. Once implemented, these measures will avoid approximately 5.5 million pounds of carbon monoxide emissions per year.
? Photovoltaic Solar Power Project. Solar panels creating approximately 1.6 MW will be installed at various locations throughout the terminal. The two main buildings will house roof mounted solar arrays. Additionally, solar canopies will be installed at other locations throughout the terminal property. The solar measures will reduce carbon monoxide emissions by approximately 2.5 million pounds per year.
In addition to these measures, Maher has donated two fuel efficient vehicles to the Ironbound Community Corporation for use in its senior service programs and is exploring the feasibility of an alternative fuel vehicle program in conjunction with the broader efforts of the Port Authority and neighboring properties in the Port region.
“As citizens and neighbors of Elizabeth, Newark and the surrounding communities, we are committed to growing our terminal sustainably and responsibly,” said Frans van Riemsdyk, Executive Vice President of Maher Terminals. “Our hope is that the expected increase in container volumes from the expansion of the Panama Canal and the ‘deck raising’ of the Bayonne Bridge will contribute to jobs and revenue for the State of New Jersey. We continue to raise the bar for our industry as we prepare for the future.”
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