Port Saint John commits to renewable energy sources

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Port Saint John is one of the first companies to receive Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from Saint John Energy.

RECs are internationally recognized certificates designed to help energy buyers achieve net-zero goals by certifying that they are buying electricity from a renewable source.

The renewable energy will be provided by the Burchill Wind Project, a 42-megawatt wind farm being built by Natural Forces in Lorneville, New Brunswick. The farm will have 10 turbines, and is projected to provide 15 percent of the energy needed for the city of Saint John. It is set to be operating by the end of 2022.

It is anticipated the Burchill Wind Project will save 43,680 tonnes in Co2 emissions per year, which is the equivalent to taking 13,382 cars off the road.

The Port has purchased enough certificates to cover 100 percent of its corporate energy use including cruise facilities, corporate office locations, and port-operated cargo terminals.

“We are on a larger decarbonization journey, with an internal working group focused on reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. These RECs are an amazing first step for us but we are committed to further reducing our energy footprint in the near future when it comes to our facilities and fleets,” says Craig Bell Estabrooks, president and CEO at Port Saint John.

“We have watched with excitement as infrastructure for the Burchill Wind Project has been imported through Port Saint John, so this is an amazing next step for us with our partner Saint John Energy,” says Paula Copeland, Vice President of Engagement and Sustainability of Port Saint John.

Port Saint John is Atlantic Canada’s largest port by tonnage and has a diverse cargo base, including dry and liquid bulk, break bulk, containers, and cruise.