Progress in Cleaner-Burning Fuels

There’s a lot of history at the Port of Portland, and part of the journey involves incorporating cleaner burning fuels into the Port’s fleet. Accomplishments include:

  • 2000 – Portland International Airport shuttle buses began transitioning to compressed natural gas (CNG). All buses are now CNG-powered – a major achievement for a fleet that operates 24-hours a day, 365 days per year.
  • 2002 – All diesel vehicles (except fire trucks) at PDX began using biodiesel.
  • 2005 - All container-handling equipment at marine Terminal 6 began using ultralow sulfur diesel.
  • 2006 - Fire trucks at PDX and dredge support equipment began using the ultralow sulfur diesel and many tenants at Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 also made the switch.
  • 2007 – Ultra-low sulfur diesel became the standard for all Port construction projects, and the Dredge Oregon switched to low sulfur fuel as well.

In addition, the Port’s aviation terminal operations have several vehicles operating on CNG, a lower-carbon fuel. As older equipment needs to be replaced, the Port has invested in new, cleaner-burning machinery, and retrofitting other equipment so they emit fewer pollutants. Where possible, the Port has begun to incorporate hybrid and electric vehicles. The Port recently participated in the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Network, a collaborative partnership among airports, universities and private companies in the Northwest that investigated opportunities for an aviation biofuels industry.

David Breen, Air Quality Manager, 503.415.6811

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Learn More:
Sustainable Aviation Fuels Network