FDEP awarded a US$750,000 grant to Port Everglades last year for diesel emissions reduction through the EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign. The majority of the grant, US$637,508 was used for equipment purchases. The port contributed an additional US$542,038 and the Port Everglades Pilots Association contributed US$143,620 to supplement the grant.
The US$1.32m paid for retrofitting eight pre-2007 forklifts and tractors and 13 on- and off-road vehicles with Diesel Oxidation Catalyst exhaust filters. It also covered the cost of replacing a gantry crane generator and for repowering four pilot boats with Tier 2 marine engines. The clean diesel investment will cut annual pilot boat fuel consumption by an estimated 20,250 gallons of fuel for savings of approximately US$78,772. Estimated fuel saving for the Port Everglades equipment is 22,403 gallons worth about US$87,147.
According to estimates cited by the port, environment benefits from the investment include annual reductions of 254 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, 19,437 pounds (198.6 kilos) of nitrogen oxide emissions, 733 pounds of particulate matter emissions, 46 pounds of particulate matter, and 7,373 pounds of carbon monoxide emissions.