Three European ports speed up towards carbon neutrality

 Energy transition and circular economy 

Several European ports have presented their plans to reduce their carbon footprint in the coming years. The port of Helsinki (Finland), drafted the Carbon-Neutral Port 2035 including 50 measures, mostly destined to reduce the port’s emissions and those from vessels. These measures combine reducing the energy usage, acquiring energy from carbon-neutral sources and carbon offsets to compensate the remaining emissions. One example of the actions to be taken is the new price list for port operations, including significant “environmental” discounts. The port of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) is even more ambitious, aiming at carbon neutrality in 2030. Its priority is to boost clean energy production at port, such as the new project to generate hydrogen using electrolysis. Amsterdam port is also developing maritime wind energy fields. In Hamburg (Germany), the main terminal operator HHLA, wants to become carbon neutral by 2040, by using green electricity for all its operations. The company already reduced the CO2 emissions of container operations by 30% in 2019, aiming at 50% until 2030. The main challenge will be in the future to make the complete logistic chain carbon neutral.

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Cartuja island in Seville (Spain) in 2025: a sustainable city model?

 Energy transition and circular economy 

The island will be powered by sustainable energy thanks to a solar farm, energy efficient buildings, and energy storage systems. For sustainable mobility, priority will be given to electric vehicles and 200 charging points will be installed. Green spaces and pedestrianisation will be used widely, with autonomous shuttle buses created for public transport. Cartuja island is also set to become a smart city, with a data collection system allowing smart management of air quality, traffic, street lighting and logistics. This #eCitySevilla project was recently signed by the City if Sevilla, the Andalusia region (Junta), the company Endesa, and the science park PC Cartuja.

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Concrete ideas to become sustainable, the example of Porto Antico

 Energy transition and circular economy 

Porto Antico has developed several initiatives to make this part of Genoa (Italy) environmentally sustainable. The 1st action was to replace traditional lighting by LED, resulting in 60% energy savings. A new photovoltaic system also provides 10% of the area energy demand and electrifies the docks for mega-yachts, saving CO2 emissions. Other “smart city” solutions are carried out such as detail monitoring of energy and water consumption, or smart silicon glasses. Porto Antico also installed a Seabin device, gathering more than 500 kg per year of plastic waste from the water. Read the article to learn more (in Italian).

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The transport and logistics industry faced with the environmental and energy challenge

 Energy transition and circular economy 

The sector currently accounts for 25% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficiency is one of the biggest ways to cut emissions. While there is a consensus on the need to gradually phase out fossil fuels, LNG is seen as a stepping stone, while in the longer term, making the right choice between hydrogen, ammonia and biofuels remains a key challenge. Another way to reduce emissions is intermodality, with the aim of reducing the proportion of goods moved by road, and increasing short distance transport by rail, river and sea. Finally, innovating for more efficient logistics is the third solution. The aim is to reduce overall energy use, while ensuring that emissions avoided at sea are not simply moved onshore, particularly as a result of increased congestion in port cities.

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