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Port Authority plans to reduce global warming impacts
17 May 2007

NEW YORK (AP) - Larger airplanes requiring fewer trips to carry passengers, buildings heated with geothermal energy, and solar and wind energy systems.

These are but some of the ways the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey hopes to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and their impact on global warming.

Chairman Anthony Coscia Thursday said the authority will develop a plan over two years to reduce carbon emissions through efficiency, renewable energy and renewable energy credits.

The goal is to eventually reduce emissions at the authority's airports and ports by 80 percent.

"We can't literally have zero carbon emissions at our facilities, but we can end up with a greatly reduced net impact from these structures," Coscia said in prepared remarks for a commencement address at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

The authority doesn't have a specific timetable, other than "long term," and it's not yet clear how much the initiatives will cost or how much the authority would save.

The authority's impacts at its airports and ports are massive.

Last year, more than 104 million passengers traveled through the authority's three international airports: LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty.

Every year, millions of shipping containers from around the world come through the authority's ports in New York and New Jersey.

The Port Authority would encourage planes to use docking stations to conserve power instead of idling on airfields with their engines on, Coscia said.

It would also promote large planes such as the A380, which can carry more passengers on a single airplane instead of having more flights.

The agency could also heat and cool buildings by using geothermal energy. It could also use renewable energy from wind and solar projects; and use electrified tugs and other alternative fuel ramp-side equipment at ports and airports.

"Our strategy would also seek to offset emissions by tapping into the market of large-scale clean energy generation in our region," Coscia said.

Earlier this week, the authority rolled out some plans that could reduce pollution from cars.

The agency's executive director said the Port Authority would study the idea of cashless tolls and possible higher tolls during congested traffic times to reduce the vicious rush-hour traffic jams at crossings between New York and New Jersey.

He also announced plans to switch its vehicle fleet to 100 percent hybrid or better, and implement sustainable design standards all its major building projects.

The Port Authority is the latest group to go green by promoting energy efficiency.

On Wednesday, former President Bill Clinton's foundation announced an arrangement to renovate city-owned buildings with green technology under a program financed by major global banking institutions.
 

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I agree with the efficany of large planes but mandating such a plan would really shoot Boeings buisness model and long term plan in the foot and give Airbus a massive advantage if cities implemented that policy.
 

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what about the Extension of the PATH system to Staten Island and inner new jersey where theres currently no rail service it would go thru there it would be perfect to do it and that will reduce greenhouse gases very quickly

PATH extension will have a station at the newark liberty airport as well

also there needs to be a PATH station at port elizabeth for the workers for a safe and envrionmental friendly way of traveling people from their homes to work i think its a great idea

so PATH Extension and extend the Newark light rail to go thru newark and beyond

also by the port there has to be trolleybuses to transport workers from the PATH station to the locations that the workers get dropped off to go to punch in to go to work it seems a great idea

anybody agree of my idea of an envrionamtly friendly way of getting around
 

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NYC's yellow cab fleet will be entirely hybrid within 5 years, mayor says
22 May 2007

NEW YORK (AP) - Every yellow cab in this city will be a fuel-efficient hybrid by 2012, and stricter emissions and gas mileage standards for taxis will be phased in starting next year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday.

There are now 375 hybrid vehicles among the 13,000 taxis rolling on New York City streets. Under Bloomberg's plan, that number will increase to 1,000 by October 2008 and will grow by about 20 percent each year until 2012.

"There's an awful lot of taxicabs on the streets of New York City," Bloomberg said. "These cars just sit there in traffic sometimes, belching fumes.

"This does a lot less. It's a lot better for all of us," he said of the hybrid plan.

Hybrid vehicles run on a combination of gasoline and electricity, emitting less exhaust and achieving higher gas mileage per gallon. Hybrid models tested include the Toyota Prius, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, the Lexus RX 400h and the Ford Escape.

The standard yellow cab vehicle, the Ford Crown Victoria, gets 14 miles per gallon. In contrast, the Ford Escape taxis get 36 miles per gallon.

Automakers said hybrids are uniquely well-suited to be taxis. Many of them, like the Ford Escape, run solely on battery power while stopped or at low speeds, so they don't cough exhaust while navigating through city traffic. At higher speeds, the gas-powered drive system kicks in and the two work together.

Ford spokesman Jim Cain said the company was not daunted by the announcement that the Crown Victoria would be phased out of the taxi fleet.

"The goals are laudable and it's up to us to work with the city and the taxi agency to make sure we're part of the solution," he said.

In addition to making the yellow cab brigade entirely green within five years, the city will require all new vehicles entering the fleet after October 2008 to achieve a minimum of 25 miles per gallon. A year later, all new vehicles must get 30 miles per gallon and be hybrid.

Bloomberg made the announcement on NBC's "Today" show.

Hybrid vehicles are typically more expensive, but the city said the increase in fuel efficiency will save taxi operators more than $10,000 per year. Yahoo Inc. said it would donate 10 hybrid Ford Escapes for the city's effort.

Shifting the taxi fleet to hybrids is part of Bloomberg's wider sustainability plan for the city, which includes a goal of a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. Part of the plan could include congestion pricing for drivers entering some of the busiest parts of Manhattan.

Turning over the taxi fleet by 2012 is not an impossible goal. The life of a New York City taxi is typically about three to five years; the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission requires all vehicles to be retired within a certain time frame.

City officials said the new standards, when fully implemented, are expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 200,000 metric tons per year. That is still a tiny fraction of the city's overall emissions; a recent city study found that New York City produced a net emission of 58.3 million metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2005.

The government does not own the city's yellow cabs, but sells licenses to individual drivers and operators, who must purchase their own vehicles that meet the specifications of the Taxi and Limousine Commission. The agency serves as the regulating and licensing authority for all vehicles per hire in the city.

Fernando Mateo, president of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, an advocacy trade group, applauded the city's effort to go green.

"In the short term, they're going to have to spend more money, but in the long run they will save money," he said. "We support getting more hybrids on the road."
 
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