The Port of Auckland (New Zealand) create a vertical garden

 Biodiversity 

The aim is to integrate its car-handling terminal building more effectively into the urban surroundings. It will form a local landmark for the City Port and its roof will be turned into a public park within a few years. It will also promote biodiversity. The garden meets sustainability criteria, and everything in it can be either re-used or recycled.

Hanging Gardens ; Video

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

Covid-19: solidarity continues in port cities

 Health and life quality 

While in some regions of the word the pandemic seems under control, in others the figures continue to grow. For that reason, port city actors operate differently, depending on the context. While in Europe, the focus is on the economic recovery and recognition of the impact of the covid-19 in our lives, as it is happening in an exhibition in Valencia, in others the direct struggle continues. For example, in the Caribbean region, where the Grand Port Maritime of Guadeloupe donated 12,000 masks to the University Hospital that will receive patients from neighbouring territories. Shortly, AIVP will publish an article reflecting on the impact of the covid-19 in port cities and the reaction of the local actors to fight it.

Spanish ports, Grand Port Maritime de la Guadeloupe

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

Protecting bees in the port city of Trieste (Italy)

 Biodiversity 

Bees are the most important pollinator of food crops in the world. They play a crucial role in our food system, and the ecological balance of our ecosystems. However, sometimes they create colony in the most unexpected places, such as a storm drain I the Port of Trieste (video). To solve the problem, the port contacted a beekeeper to find a new home for the swarm. The operation was not complex and the bees now have a new home in the hills close to the port. The project is a good example for the Goal 10 of the AIVP Agenda 2030, protecting biodiversity.

Port of Trieste (video)sustain web

Covid-19: the Port of Papeete launches a support plan for local businesses

 Governance 

More than €4 million are being allocated by the port to prevent bankruptcies and maintain existing jobs. 200 companies established in the port area are concerned. The proposed measures will support the economic activities, tourism and maritime and inter-island transport services.

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