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Western Stevedoring Lynnterm

GHG Impact:

  • 15% reduction overall
  • 17% reduction/employee
  • 18% reduction/1000 hours worked

Cost Savings:

  • $250K+ per year in fuel
  • 25% diesel: heavy equipment
  • 52% propane: light equipment


  • Electric heavy equipment
  • Retrofit older equipment
  • Phase out inefficient equipment

As the largest and most diversified stevedoring company in British Columbia, Western Stevedoring loads and unloads more than five million metric tons of cargo at 20 different ports and terminals along the coast of Vancouver Island and throughout the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Western Stevedoring’s Lynnterm Operations have been Climate Smart certified since 2014.

Since their first inventory, Western Stevedoring has been measuring emissions annually and identifying short and long-term emissions reductions strategies that have included both behaviour-based and capital investment solutions. Western Stevedoring has shown a commitment towards fostering a culture of environmentally-conscious employees.

In 2015, as part of a partnership between Climate Smart and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Western Stevedoring joined 11 other Port tenants and continued to identify opportunities to reduce emissions at Lynnterm, while also cutting costs.

In 2016, Western Stevedoring made a considerable investment in their on-site equipment and undertook the following projects at Lynnterm:

  • Added six new electric lift trucks to increase total number to 10;
  • Retrofitted a heavy-duty lift truck with a more efficient, cleaner burning tier-4 engine;
  • Continued with ongoing/regular maintenance with remainder of heavy lift trucks;
  • Phased out propane pick-up trucks and replaced with higher efficiency gasoline models.

Despite an increase in the number of full-time equivalents (FTE)s and hours worked, these upgrades led to a 15% reduction in emissions. This also led to a of 17% reduction in emissions per FTE and 18% reduction in emissions per 1000 hours worked between 2015 baseline and 2016!

All the fleet initiatives combined are saving the company more than $250,000 annually fuel expenses.

In 2017, Western Stevedoring is continuing to review areas where they can reduce the emissions of their mobile equipment fleet. Further, the Western Stevedoring Green Team is developing additional sustainability strategies, informing the organization of the source and scope of their footprint, and exploring possibilities to further engage employees in taking green actions.

“Being a Climate Smart business further embeds our commitment to reducing our environmental footprint and reminds us all that we have the ability to make a difference.”
John Crique, Manager – Health & Safety, Quality & Environment

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