Improving our environmental performance is an essential dimension of our sustainability efforts. Our goal is to be the regional industry leader in environmental performance and to share best practices not only within Penn Terminals, but with other operators within the industry as well. As we continue to improve our environmental performance and reduce our operational environmental footprint, we are also working to help our customers to reduce their environmental footprint.
In order to reduce CO2 emissions across our facility, several energy conservation initiatives have already been implemented. Our HSSE & CR staff, senior managers and front line supervisors will continue to work closely together to identify new technologies, improved operational efficiencies and alternative energy sources to drive further CO2 emissions reductions.Specific actions already taken:
•Tiered engine integration- All of Penn Terminals new capital rolling equipment purchases use Tier certified diesel engines. This engine class includes electronic diagnostic and maintenance monitors, fuel water separators, engine/transmission protection systems, improved fuel economy, and reduced emissions.
•Low wattage light bulbs, without loss of candelas, have been used in all flood light replacements/installations.
•Rolling electrical conservation to meet emergency response needs of the region‘s power grid.
As part of the global supply chain, Penn Terminals produces a relatively small proportion of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) most of which are CO2 emissions resulting from energy consumption.
Despite being only a small portion to start, we still improved energy efficiency considerably in recent years and have consequently aimed to steadily reduce our CO2 emissions. Specific actions already taken:
•30% of our fleet of equipment has ZERO emissions.
•Idle truck initiative- The implementation of a facility-wide rule that prohibits over-the-road trucks from sitting idle with their engines running. Turning off unnecessarily running engines greatly reduces both fuel consumption and engine emissions.
•Reviews underway to replace diesel equipment with electric and/or CNG conversions, where appropriate.
Penn Terminals, in partnership with our regional electricity supplier, participates in Pennsylvania’s AEPS Alternative Energy program. Currently, greater than 10 percent of Penn Terminals’ electricity comes from alternative energy sources including wind and solar.