Innovation and intellectual cooperation: crucial for cutting carbon emissions in port cities

 Energy transition and circular economy 

With climate change contributing to more and more instances of forests fire and flooding around the world, innovative solutions are emerging to make port and urban activities greener. In France, port authorities in Paris have commissioned a major study of river traffic and the energy transition, aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of shipping on the Seine. Meanwhile, the port of Abu Dhabi (UAE) has targeted smart solutions, with an optimisation plan that aims to halve carbon emissions from its container traffic.
Private-sector businesses have a big part to play in this global effort. In South Korea, the giants Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and Samsung have joined forces to develop smart technologies that will cut atmospheric pollution from shipping.

CNR and the Port of Lyons win an Open innovation Challenge

 Energy transition and circular economy 

Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (a member of AIVP) and the Port of Lyons have been rewarded for two projects aimed at creating a more sustainable interface between the Port and City of Lyons. The first project, dubbed “Energy Quay”, provides renewable energies (hydrogen, electricity, natural gas). The second, “River’tri”, is a river-based waste disposal centre created with fellow AIVP member, the Suez group.

CNRQuai des énergies ; Suez, River’tri

South-east Asian ports double their efforts in green energies and smart technologies

 Energy transition and circular economy 

The first “BioHub Port” in Malaysia will be built in the province of Sarawak. Its total cost is estimated to 4 million € and it is expected to start in early 2021. This biomass hub will be built thanks to a collaboration between Malaysian companies and the Port of Rotterdam, which is a member of AIVP. The local partner, Port of Bintulu, has elaborated a “Smart Digital Green Port Blueprint initiative” which integrates the future biomass hub, and should contribute to add 35 000 new jobs.
In Singapore, the Port of Jurong has installed a 9.65 megawatt solar photovoltaic system whose electricity will be used both for port operations and for the city’s power supply. In addition, the port is testing an artificial intelligence-driven system which will further reduce its carbon footprint, and has started to electrify and automate its cranes and ground vehicles. Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and its partners have set aside S$40 million for R&D in low-carbon technologies.

The energy transition is accelerating in port cities

 Energy transition and circular economy 

Changing to green energy sources is one of the key challenges for port cities. The port authority of Rotterdam (the Netherlands) has a program to install solar panels in its own buildings and encourage port companies to do the same by providing expertise. Port and city are also working together with innovative partners like Sunrock. In other port cities, one of the main approaches to implement the energy transition is providing green electricity to ships, as it will happen in short in Lisbon (Portugal) via shore-to-ship solutions, and in Genoa and Savona (Italy) with the electrification of quays. However, the energy transition requires cooperation, as it is visible in Norway, where the seven ports of the Oslo fjord will receive financing for several projects, including shore power for ships. Another crucial aspect of the energy transition is finding alternative energy sources, as it is visible in Le Havre (France), where port and city are investing to become low carbon after the closure of its coal plant in 2021.

Port of Rotterdam, Messaggero Marittimo, MT Logistikk, L’Usine Nouvelle, Revista Cargo

EU invests in greener ports

 Energy transition and circular economy 

The European Union’s Green Deal wants to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. In order to achieve this goal, the energy transition is one the main challenges. For that reason, there are increasing efforts to make port greener, backed by EU project financing, particularly to develop a hydrogen-based energy production and to electrify the quays and provide green energy to docked ships. The EU recently presented its Hydrogen Plan with three phases, until 2050, supported by the new European Clean Hydrogen Alliance. Under this continental framework, the RH2INE project has received funding to research the transportation based on hydrogen-powered inland barges, connecting the port of Rotterdam with Rhine region. Further on, three new projects will impulse the electrification of quays in the ports of Valencia, Helsinki and Venice. These projects are both in a study and application phases, being the cruises and ferries as the first ones to benefit from on shore power supply.

EU Green Deal, EU Hydrogen Plan, EU Clean Hydrogen Alliance, Safety 4 Sea, Port of Valencia, Port of Helsinki, Messaggero Marittimo