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Fri 1 Jun 2007 12:00 AM

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New York ports tackling global warming

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey chairman Anthony Coscia has announced that the Port Authority will undertake an effort with a goal to reduce the global warming impact of Port Authority ports and airports by 80% in the long term.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey chairman Anthony Coscia has announced that the Port Authority will undertake an effort with a goal to reduce the global warming impact of Port Authority ports and airports by 80% in the long term.

"I am pleased to announce that the Port Authority will develop a comprehensive strategy over the next two years for implementing alternative energy solutions at our airports and ports - a combination of efficiency, renewable energy and renewable energy credits - with the ultimate goal of reducing carbon emissions, our so-called carbon footprint," said Coscia.

The environmental initiative puts the agency at the forefront of meeting statewide greenhouse gas reduction targets set in a February 2007 executive order.

The chairman noted that it would be impossible to bring critical facilities like the airports and ports to zero carbon emissions, but a greatly reduced net impact could achieved though a number of measures including geothermal heating and cooling of buildings, on-site power generation through the use of fuel cells and the use of renewable energy from wind and solar projects. The port authority will also deploy electrified tugs and other alternative fuel rampside equipment and offset greenhouse gas emissions by purchasing renewable energy credits.

"Our strategy will offset emissions by tapping into the market of large-scale clean energy generation in our region. In this way the port would not only be helping to avert global warming, it would also be contributing to a promising sector of our economy," he said.

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