An independent third party has found the Port of Prince Rupert to have the lowest carbon footprint of five North American gateways that transport containerized goods to and from Asia.
The study assessed the energy consumption and emissions of the transport chain, including marine transit, dockside cargo handling and rail transit from Yokohama (Japan), Shanghai (China) and Hong Kong to final destinations in Chicago, Toronto and Memphis. The Port of Prince Rupert was compared against Vancouver, Seattle, Long Beach and Savannah on the Atlantic.
Cargo shipped from Asia through the Port of Prince Rupert along the Northern Transportation Corridor, by way of the Yellowhead Pass to Chicago, Toronto and Memphis was consistently found to have the lowest carbon footprint of the five gateways.
As the closest North American port to Asia, Prince Rupert enables significant reductions in carbon emissions from marine transportation than at other ports. Moreover, compared to other ports, the exclusive use of high density rail cars at Prince Rupert reduces the carbon impact of travelling longer overland distances. The seamless integration of the Port's terminals with the CN rail line also means fewer drayage trucks and fewer emissions.