Sustainable & Smart Logistics: Happening Now

Generational planning is green. You don’t have to choose between our environment and the economy. In fact, sustainable practices reduce risk. Introducing advanced technologies and sustainable practices to Utah’s logistics system ensures that the state will be competitive on the national and global stage. It also safeguards the unique and natural beauty of the state for the next generation.

The Utah Inland Port Authority will reduce air emissions 18-21% over the next 30 years
compared to baseline estimates.

Scenario modeling done in 2019 shows UIPA policies and programs are forecast to reduce PM2.5 by 21% and NOx by 18% when compared to baseline forecasts of growth in the jurisdictional area without UIPA intervention. Salt Lake City’s current zoning facilitates truck-centric development in the northwest quadrant, and the market will continue that direction without the Port Authority. UIPA’s plan to divert truck cargo to rail, through innovative partnerships with ports, ocean carriers, railroads and cargo owners, will improve air quality and efficiency across the entire statewide system. Trains are on average three to four times more fuel efficient than trucks.

By 2050, over 30% of heavy-duty trucks moving cargo nationwide will run on alternative fuels.

Utah must position itself to enable the deployment of new technology investments here, and UIPA plays a key role in the state becoming the epicenter of electrified and alternative fuel transportation. UIPA efforts with The Beehive Project and ASPIRE put Utah at the forefront of this innovation.

UIPA’s proposed transload facility takes 3 international containers and puts that product into 2 domestic containers, cutting truck trips by a 1/3.

Transloading activity will provide a more efficient method for shipping cargo, by consolidating shipments and moving them by rail while reducing truck traffic. The proposed facility must be constructed to LEED standards, require the use of electric cargo handling equipment, and offer zero-emission chargers on-site to attract and encourage Near-Zero and Zero-Emission trucks.

UIPA’s proposed truck parking facility will reduce 1,094 hours of truck idling on a daily basis.

The truck parking facility within the Salt Lake Valley jurisdictional area is estimated to eliminate 45.54 tons of emissions per year by providing parking with electrification pedestals to provide auxiliary power. A similar truck parking facility is included in plans for the transload facility. These facilities will help mitigate existing impacts of cargo movement by eliminating the practice of trucks parking or idling on streets as they await appointments at their next destinations.

80% of Utah’s international containers come through California.

UIPA agreements with the Ports of Oakland and Long Beach are critical first steps in improving cargo movement throughout the Intermountain West. These agreements optimize the rail connection between the coastal ports and Utah. They also include joint efforts to deploy emerging and innovative fuel and energy technologies along the Utah-California corridors.

UIPA has more than 20 partnership agreements that all support our focus on sustainability.

UIPA joined more than 100 Utah leaders to sign the inaugural Utah Climate and Clean Air Compact. In addition to rail and truck strategies that reduce air emissions, UIPA has partnerships to protect wetland and shorebird habitat, develop stormwater management policies, and encourage sustainable development and operations practices within the Salt Lake Valley jurisdictional area.

UIPA’s rail strategy will deconflict areas most impacted by previous industrial growth.

The Port Authority is working to improve existing rail infrastructure to open up rail access and deconflict at-grade crossings in the neighborhoods within and adjacent to the Salt Lake Valley jurisdictional area. Deconflicting rail crossings reduces idling, improves traffic flow, and positively impacts the quality of life for those who work and live in the area.