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Sustainability

Environmental sustainability is a priority for the Port of New Orleans and the Louisiana International Terminal project. The Port participates in various environmental protection programs beyond what is required by state or federal laws.

Envision: A Voluntary Sustainability Framework

The terminal operators have agreed to participate in Envision, an industry-leading, voluntary sustainability program. Envision aims to protect local quality of life and the environment. 

Click or tap the topics below to see how Envision will measure our performance.

  • Enhance public health and safety
  • Minimize construction impacts
  • Advance equity and social justice
  • Preserve cultural resources
  • Enhance public space and amenities

  • Manage stormwater
  • Enhance surface and groundwater quality
  • Enhance wetland and surface water functions
  • Control invasive species
  • Protect soil health

  • Reduce air pollutant emissions
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Maximize resilience

  • Reduce waste
  • Use renewable energy
  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Reduce water consumption
  • Monitor water systems

  • Establish a sustainability management plan
  • Develop a sustainable project for the community
  • Stimulate economic development
  • Help the local workforce grow and develop

Sustainability Efforts

As we develop the Louisiana International Terminal, Port NOLA is incorporating sustainable practices to protect local quality of life.

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  • Allows cargo ships to plug into electric power while at the dock, minimizing the need to run diesel engines while at berth.
  • Up to 98% potential reduction in emissions from ships at berth.

  • Involves transporting containers on barges (versus trucks) through inland waterways.
  • In 2019* this reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 9,400 tons and decreased diesel fuel use by 800,000 gallons.

*Based on 2019 data moving about 42,000 containers on barge vs. truck between New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Memphis.

  • Reduces air emissions, fuel use, and equipment noise.
  • We are working with terminal operators to explore options for low-emissions equipment and vehicles on the terminal.

Green Marine is a voluntary, maritime environmental certification that measures improvements annually across categories, such as:

  • Environmental Leadership
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Spill Prevention & Stormwater Management
  • Community Impacts

  • The Clean Truck Replacement Incentive Program (TRIP) is available for ST. Bernard Parish truck owners.
  • It provides grants up to $35,000 to replace older vehicles.
  • Over 90% reduction in small particulate matter and nitrogen oxide pollution for repaired trucks.