Port NOLA gets $1.24M grant to expand Clean TRIP initiative

Truck driver Garry Grimes shows off his new truck from Clean TRIP. (Courtesy the Port of New Orleans)

The Port of New Orleans has received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant for $1.24 million for the port’s Clean Truck Replacement Incentive Program (Clean TRIP), which gives truck and fleet owners who serve Port NOLA an opportunity to voluntarily replace older, inefficient drayage trucks with cleaner models.

Since 2016, Port NOLA has received approximately $1.6 million in grant funding for our Clean TRIP initiative. This new grant award is the largest to date and brings total Clean TRIP program grant funding to $2.8 million. This program was launched and implemented with funding from the EPA and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

To date, 58 short-haul drayage trucks have been replaced with cleaner burning engines, reducing fine particulate emissions from these trucks by more than 96%, the equivalent of taking 73,000 cars off the road. These replacements also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 542 tons per year.

The port will begin accepting applications for new replacements in the spring of 2021 and expect to replace a minimum of 34 additional trucks, with a goal of 42 truck replacements. If the port attains its goal, Clean TRIP will have helped replace a total of 100 trucks since 2016.

“Truck drivers play a vital role in the Port NOLA freight gateway, and we’re proud of the positive impact the Clean TRIP program has had on the environment as well as on the port’s trucking community,” said Brandy D. Christian, president and CEO of Port NOLA and CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad.

The Clean TRIP program provides valuable incentives for eligible local truckers that service cargo terminals and warehouses along the Mississippi River and the Inner Harbor.

Port NOLA was recognized as a Clean Fleet Leader for five consecutive years beginning in 2015 by the New Orleans Clean Fuels Partnership for its reduction of fuel use from environmental sustainability programs such as Clean TRIP. In 2018, LDEQ honored Port NOLA with an Environmental Leadership Award for pollution prevention and commitment to environmental protection as an acknowledgement for the success of its Clean TRIP program.