In an effort to stay engaged in the well-being of our communities, SC Ports participates in numerous air working groups, including the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control organized North Charleston Air Monitoring Workgroup and the Berkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of Governments Air Quality Coalition.
Air quality is at the top of everyone’s environmental list today. Charleston is fortunate to have good air quality that is getting better with each passing year. SC Ports is focused on improving air quality and has committed to implement a variety of emissions-reducing programs. SCPA’s emissions inventories and air monitoring efforts allow us to track our efforts over time and identify the emissions reductions measures that make the most sense.
Clean Truck Program – By requiring trucks to have post-1993 engines, the program ensures that a reliable, cleaner trucking fleet will serve SC Ports container terminals in order to continue reducing port-related air emissions.
Air Monitoring Results – Union Pier Terminal
Air Monitoring Results – Wando Welch Terminal
Inland Port Emissions Calculator – The Inland Port Emissions Calculator allows SC Ports customers to evaluate the emissions implications of utilizing the SC Inland Port. To date, SC Ports customers have seen a 50-90% reduction in emissions when using Inland Ports. For more information about the calculator, please contact Mark Messersmith, Permitting Manager, at (843) 375-3102 or MMessersmith@scspa.com.
Air Quality Coalitions – SC Ports is an active participant in local air quality coalitions in the communities in which we operate marine terminals. Each of the below air quality coalitions is focused on keeping their area in attainment for air quality standards:
Tri County Coalition
Diesel Emission Reduction Efforts – SC Ports has partnered with SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and was awarded $1.8 million through the Diesel Emission Reduction Act grant program to repower 12 rubber-tired gantry cranes with hybrid systems that would minimize emission of HC, CO, NOx, and PM by 98% or better and SO2 by around 84%. The equipment operates at the Wando Welch Terminal. This project is expected to be complete in 2022.