As part of its continuing focus on sustainability, the Port of Olympia has completed a baseline inventory of greenhouse gas emissions generated by Port activities at its downtown and airport facilities. Greenhouse gases are substances that contribute to climate change by trapping heat in the atmosphere. The four main GHG’s are: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and fluorinated gases. The assessment evaluated Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions as defined by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Currently, the Port of Olympia emits the equivalent of 19 average American households worth of GHG’s a year. The majority of emissions come from Scope 2 sources (purchased energy). See Figure 1.
Figure 1. Port of Olympia GHG Emissions
While our carbon footprint is relatively small, we are still compelled to identify opportunities for reduction. Over the next months, the Port will identify opportunities to reduce emissions in hopes that our 2017 assessment shows improvement from 2015.