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To develop and implement an environmentally sustainable port strategy that identifies opportunities and finds solutions to help build a more sustainable ports system, one that creates healthy air quality for communities and reduces climate risk while supporting our economy and jobs.


Ports are the main gateway for U.S. trade and are critical to the economies of many cities and regions. In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on the globalization of trade and the transportation infrastructure needed to support it. As our nation adapts to meet these demands, it is important to consider what this growth means for the environment.

EPA has worked with ports in the past through a number of efforts, including our Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) clean diesel grants program and our SmartWay Drayage Program. Despite gains, our job is not yet done. EPA’s new initiative looks at ports as unique places with complex needs and opportunities.

Through its Ports Initiative, EPA explores effectively partnering with port stakeholders to identify opportunities and find solutions that create more sustainable ports systems by

  • encouraging environmental progress at ports and reducing climate risk;
  • supporting operational and technological improvements to increase efficiency;
  • improving community health and air quality; and
  • encouraging sustainable economic development that supports our economy and jobs.

Questions about OTAQ Ports activities may be directed to talkaboutports@epa.gov

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