Wednesday, February 24, 2010

U.S. Ocean Ports Go Gean

The World Trade Magazine author does a great job educating us on the economy, ecology, and equity of the Green Supply Chain revolution. Here are a few excerpts..

When it comes to port expansion and preparing for the next surge in containerized cargo, sustainability isn’t just an environmental buzzword, it’s the whole ball of wax, according to participants at a recent engineering summit presented by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). The three-day session was held at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S.C. and ranged widely over such diverse topics as inland distribution logistics, regional transportation planning, asset management, and the changing environment for capital investment.
The traditional definition of sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the future.

Those who spoke on the subject firmly endorsed that high-minded intention, but each framed their comments slightly different.

* The challenge to [coming to terms with this] is the absence of clear leadership on the federal level,” Jahangri said.

* “What that’s led to is a hodge-podge of local regulations and voluntary standards, and in some cases, organizations creating internal standards of their own,” he continued.

* Although environmentalism has been around as a movement since the 1970s, and sustainable building and policies promulgated since the 1990s, in really wasn’t until the start of the current decade that ports began to look at the issue, Jahangri said.

Tipping the scale were concerns about air quality, greenhouse gases, and carbon efficiency that began gripping coastal communities from Long Beach to Anchorage at precisely the same time that cargo began flooding into the west from Asia

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