Port Everglades implementing new green practices
Port Everglades said it is installing new energy-efficient equipment in its cruise terminal and office buildings that will cut greenhouse emissions by some 9.8 million pounds a year and save an estimated $4.55 million in energy costs over the next decade.
'For Port Everglades, conservation means doing our share to protect the environment. We also benefit by saving money. It's a win-win situation,' said Port Everglades Director Phillip C. Allen. 'It's amazing that such an investment can have such a big impact on environmental protection and energy savings.'
The port retained the independent consultant Trane South Florida to complete a comprehensive energy performance project. The company is working with the Broward County Public Works and Transportation Department's Energy and Building Automation Section and the Seaport Construction and Planning Division to implement the program.
The program will include a facility upgrade that will cost about $4.4 million, and will include the replacement of aging equipment with newer energy-efficient models. Those improvements will be completed by the end of 2007. The annual energy conserved from the project will result in an annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 9.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide, 61,101 pounds of sulfur dioxide and 17,091 pounds of nitrous, port officials said.