Is hydrogen the best solution for the energy transition in Port Cities?

 Energy transition and circular economy 

Reducing the emissions and the environmental footprint is one of the main challenges for port cities. Even though in some cases, urban traffic might be the main pollution source, as the Port of Valencia (Spain) shows in a recent study, ports still play a crucial role. Although there is no silver bullet, a combination of existing solutions and new fuels like hydrogen is showing promising results. For example, in Lisbon (Portugal), the city announced a pilot project of a green hydrogen production station for vehicles, while the port will electrify its quays starting in 2022, reducing cruises pollution. In Valencia, the port will have a hydrogen refuelling station already in 2021, framed in the H2PORTS EU project. Other key green energy projects in Spain are going to take place in the port of Bilbao, where industry leader Repsol will invest €80 million. One project will be one of the largest net zero emissions synthetic fuel production plants, based on green hydrogen, while the other will be gas production plant from urban waste. The importance of hydrogen is visible in the national strategies of some countries, like Germany.

Port of Valencia, Eco Sapo (Lisbon), Europa Press, H2-view, El Mercantil, NPI Magazine

Efforts of AIVP members recognized in the WPSP awards

 Energy transition and circular economy 

The winners of the 6 awards of the World Port Sustainability Program (WPSP) were announced on June 24th. This program, of which AIVP is one of the founding partners, recognizes the efforts of ports around the globe to contribute to the sustainable development agenda. In this edition, organized in 6 categories, AIVP members earned well deserved recognitions. The ports of Valencia and Venice are part of the winning entry for resilient infrastructure, the collaborative project “Green and Connected (Green C) Ports”. The ports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam and North Sea Port earned via the Dutch Seaports organization the award for governance and ethics. Other members also were among the finalists in several categories, such as the ports of Marseille, Rotterdam (in a second category), Helsinki or Montreal.

WPSP – Sustainable World Ports

Many paths to the same goal: reducing polluting emissions

 Energy transition and circular economy 

Until hydrogen is universally adopted, there are many ways to reduce emissions. In this direction, the ports of HAROPA (Le Havre, Rouen and Paris), in France, are making the energy transition one of the main axis of its merger. Besides onshore electric power supply for vessels, HAROPA is also looking at LNG supply for different vessels, and using electric vehicles. The port of Bremen (Germany) is building 8 energy supply stations until 2023 to provide green electricity to vessels and vehicles. In the port of Riga (Latvia), the new digital technologies will also produce positive environmental outcomes and reduce the traffic congestion in the city, besides improving the cargo flow service. Efforts in the direction to reduce the environmental impact have already proven valuable in Montreal (Canada), where the port has reduced 45.3 % of the greenhouse gas emissions since 2007. This figure is the result of a combination of actions, including onshore power supply, LNG refuelling solutions, and truck traffic management. Another innovative case is Antwerp and the Fastwater project, that will investigate the commercial application of methanol as an alternative fuel.

NPI Magazine, Portal Portuario, Port of Riga, Port of Montreal, Port of Antwerp

City Port projects: economic engines to drive the post-Covid recovery?

 Energy transition and circular economy 

The main stakeholders involved in the Swansea Bay City Deal project (UK) are certainly convinced. Some £1.8 billion in funding has been earmarked, and 9,000 qualified jobs should be generated by the huge project covering a range of sectors. Digital development will be a key priority, with the “Waterfront Digital District”, along with the transition to a low-carbon growth by using marine energy and innovative solutions applied to the steel industry.

➜ Business News Wales ; Swansea Bay City Deal

Innovative or traditional, all approaches are welcome for sustainable port cities

 Energy transition and circular economy 

Port cities around the globe are developing different projects to reduce the negative externalities of port activities. In Spain, the port of Valencia just received the government approval to build an electric substation with a capacity of 30 Megawatts, giving a first step towards its goal of becoming a carbon-free until 2030. Also in Spain, the port of Barcelona has launched a free sustainability consultancy service for its end costumers, helping them know the emissions of logistic chains and facilitate the decision making towards greener transportation. Other promising field of study is blue carbon, or the process by which marine plants capture carbon and transfer it into sediments. The port of Seattle (USA) will collaborate with Washington State departments to study the benefits of this procedure. Finally, another way to reduce the polluting emissions is to avoid them at all, supporting carbon-free transport, such as wit, like the port of Le Havre is doing in the project TOWT – Transport à la Voile.

Europa Press – Barcelona, El Periódico de la Energía – Valencia, Green Marine – Seattle, Twitter – Le Havre

Amsterdam aims to achieve a fully circular economy by 2050

 Energy transition and circular economy 

In 2015, the city of Amsterdam ordered a study to assess the impact of a transition to a circular economy. The findings confirmed the significant potential in terms of reducing pollution, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Discussions with residents and the business community resulted in a strategy plan for the period 2020 to 2025. The Port will have a key role to play in the strategy, as we reported in our news on 16 April. For the City, the goal is to create a completely circular economy by 2050. With that in mind, a fourth phase was launched recently, and over 200 projects are in the pipeline for the year ahead.

Cities Today ; Amsterdam Circular Economy Policy

Port cities at the forefront of the energy transition

 Energy transition and circular economy 

Rotterdam and Antwerp, have announced ambitious projects to develop sustainable fuels in the coming years. In the Dutch port, Shell announced that they will start operating a Hydrogen plan in 2023 in the Maasvlakte 2. The CEO of the port of Rotterdam also indicated their plans to build a public hydrogen network, playing a relevant role connecting producers and users. This plan includes other smaller projects and a new hydrogen pipeline. On the other side of the boarder, the Port of Antwerp announced a consortium of 7 public and private actors to produce sustainable methanol. The construction of the demonstration plant is planned for 2022, and would save more than 8000 tons of CO2 annually, accelerating the transition to becoming a low-carbon circular port.

Port of Rotterdam, Port of Antwerp

New EU project to improve the environmental performance of Adriatic Ports

 Energy transition and circular economy 

The Susport project lead by the port authority of Trieste (Italy), will finance pilot actions in several Italian and Croatian ports, including other members of our organization such as Venice, Dubrovnik and Rijeka. These actions will focus on noise reduction, air quality, and CO2 emission. The overall budget of the project is €7million, and will have a duration of 34 months. In the case of Trieste and Venice, the investment will be destined to replace the port’s lighting system for LED and acquiring electric vehicles, improving the energy consumption and easing a better port-city interaction. This the 7th environmental project implements by the port of Trieste.

Port of Trieste, Port of Venice