The Port of Olympia has finalized its greenhouse gas emissions report for 2017. The report inventories all emissions produced by Port activities in downtown Olympia, in Lacey, and at airport facilities.

Since 2015, the report shows that the Port has been able to maintain a fairly small carbon footprint. The Port’s carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per year, as of 2017, are estimated to be approximately 583 metric tons of Scope 1 CO2e. That amount is equal to the emissions of about 23 U.S. families.

Scope 1 emissions generally take into account energy “outputs,” meaning energy used by vehicles like boats, trucks, and cars. Scope 2 emissions usually take into account energy “inputs,” or energy used by buildings and other structures. The report states that since 2015, the Port’s Scope 1 emissions have increased slightly and its Scope 2 emissions have decreased.

“We were pleased to see our Scope 2 emissions drop, even after adding three new buildings in Lacey and a new fuel dock in Olympia. It is rewarding to see our continued efforts to manage and reduce emissions making a difference,” said Rachael Jamison, the Port’s planning, public works & environmental director. Jamison also explained that the greenhouse gas report is just one piece of a larger plan to further improve the Port’s carbon footprint.

For more information about the inventory, visit the Port’s website.