US-based Port Everglades has entered into a partnership agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study air emissions in a seaport setting to help provide sustainable development.

Under the collaboration, the port will provide a baseline emissions inventory for EPA’s analysis.

In order to collect the data required to generate a 2015 emission inventory for the port, Port Everglades has also contracted with Starcrest Consulting Group.

"Together EPA and Port Everglades can support sustainable development and cleaner air."

The EPA will then use major findings of the Starcrest emissions inventory to help Port Everglades set goals to reduce emissions.

With the partnership, EPA further aims to develop future methods, as well as provide practical examples that can be shared with other ports, related agencies and stakeholders to support and encourage sustainable development.

Environmental Protection Agency Office of Transportation and Air Quality director Christopher Grundler said: "This agreement is an important step forward in developing emission reduction scenarios and inventories for port communities.

"With this collaborative initiative, together EPA and Port Everglades can support sustainable development and cleaner air."

During the study, EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality will work closely with Port Everglades to coordinate research and modelling of all port-related operations, technologies and expected growth scenarios.

EPA also seeks to develop separate emissions estimates for areas outside Port Everglades’ jurisdictional boundaries, which include highways and railroads used by Port Everglades customers.

Port Everglades noted that emission inventories will be conducted in future to track the port’s progress towards meeting the goals.

The future emission inventories will also evaluate the effectiveness of new technology and operational strategies used to reduce emissions at the port and its surrounding areas.

Currently, Port Everglades handles petroleum products such as gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels among others.