Recent Accomplishments

Vulnerability Assessment

In December, 2021, a Vulnerability Assessment was completed that examined the different ways that Port (and tenant) properties might be affected by climate change, especially sea level rise and storm surges. A link to the report can be found in the Key Work Products page. By identifying the most vulnerable properties, our team can begin to develop adaptation strategies to address the impacts of future storm events and river flooding. You can find the Vulnerability Assessment at this link: TBD

Green House Gas Inventory

A baseline Greenhouse Gas Inventory was completed for the calendar year 2019. The results are shown in the two pie charts below. The full inventory can be found at this link: TBD

The chart on the left shows the Port’s 2019 emissions, including electricity purchased through Puget Sound Energy (PSE). The chart on the right shows the Port’s 2019 emissions excluding electricity purchased through PSE. This is an important distinction because the Port committed to PSE's Green Direct program for renewable energy purchases as of March 2021, which effectively reduces its GHG emissions from electricity purchased from PSE to zero. The Port purchases other electricity through the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), which remains counted. These charts show the Ports Scope 1, Scope 2, and some Scope 3 emissions (see definitions below). 

Port of Bellingham GHG emissions 2019

See below for a detailed definition of Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions. Please note that inclusion of scope 3 emissions is optional, and the Port included one scope 3 emission, employee commuting.

 GHG Emission Scopes included in the Port of Bellingham 2019 GHG Emissions Inventory

Scope 1 sources:  Sources under the direct control and operation of the Port. These include natural gas burned in Port-controlled buildings, fuel burned in the Port-owned fleet, and fugitive emissions from refrigerants used in Port-controlled buildings and vehicles.

Scope 2 sources:  Indirect sources such as purchased electricity used in Port-controlled buildings and operations. 

Scope 3 sources:  Other indirect sources whose emissions are a consequence of the Port’s activity but are not directly controlled by the Port. The Port included employee commuting in its inventory.   

Source: Figure 1 of Greenhouse Gas Protocol Technical Guidance for Calculating Scope 3 Emissions,  Scope 3 Calculation Guidance | Greenhouse Gas Protocol (