A new sustainable cruise terminal for Tallinn (Estonia)

 Climate change 

Various technical solutions have been studied to achieve the best possible environmental performance for the terminal, taking account of the Nordic climate. They include the use of geothermal and solar energy. Based in the heart of Tallinn’s old port district, the building will also be multi-purpose, capable of hosting conferences, concerts, and other events outside the cruise season. It will also have a children’s play area and a promenade.

➜ Port of Tallinn ; Video

EU project Ecclipse to assess climate change impact in ports

 Climate change 

Besides assessing the impact of climate change in South European ports, the project also ambitions to develop tools and predictive models to understand the impact at a local scale. Ecclipse also wants to increase awareness to the problems climate change will cause in port cities, contributing to define transnational prevention and adaptation strategies. According to the project responsible, existing models are developed at global, the project wants to complement them providing a local perspective that can be more useful for decision making processes. The project led by the Valenciaport Foundation, also includes the port of Valencia (Spain), Aveiro (Portugal) and Bordeaux (France), besides the support from Puertos del Estado, Hidromod and Cerema for technological support.

Europa Press, Fundacion Valenciaport

Going beyond carbon neutrality? The Stockholm Royal Seaport project (Sweden)

 Climate change 

Achieving carbon neutrality – eliminating as much carbon as you emit – is an ambitious goal in itself. But Stockholm is keen to go even further, and wants the former port district of Royal Seaport to be “climate positive” by 2030. New sustainability standards have been set for buildings, waste management and mobility, giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists, etc. Despite scepticism from many developers, the political commitment remained strong, and discussions helped to fine-tune the solutions put forward. Ten years on, the early returns are promising. CO2 emissions per capita are down strongly, for example. To go even further, a carbon credits system is set to be introduced, which should also impact developments in neighbouring districts.


Environment and climate: how far has the maritime and port sector progressed?

 Climate change 

Reducing carbon footprints, developing new energy sources, promoting multimodality, and electrifying installations are all areas in which ports have been taking responsibility for nearly ten years. AIVP provides you with regular updates on the latest developments in these areas, in which there is also a trend towards greater cooperation, with ten Nordic ports recently announcing initiatives to tackle the issues involved. At sea, with one month to go before the new IMO regulations come into force, things appear to be moving more slowly. In a recent report by the Global Maritime Forum, the maritime industry itself expressed concern about its preparedness for the new regulations, decarbonisation and the demands of civil society.

Flows / Global Maritime Forum / Report (pdf) / Ports of Stockholm / Port of Gothenburg

Urban planning: tackling flood risks from the design stage

 Climate change 

Hull is the second most at-risk city in the UK when it comes to flooding. A competition was launched to find ways of countering the risk in the planned redevelopment of Humber Quays West. The winning project, dubbed “Harper Perry”, proposes solutions to absorb and hold floor waters, before allowing them to drain off slowly via the promenades, amphitheatre-shaped public spaces, and parks. The competition site also shows the solutions suggested by the other candidates.

H-Living with water ; Harper Perry project

Can efforts to protect against rising sea levels be profitable?

 Climate change 

Developing the city on land reclaimed from the sea in anticipation of rising sea levels could be an opportunity to acquire new urban spaces and facilities. Several such projects have been launched, in Copenhagen, New York, Singapore, and Jakarta. This solution to the climate risk could even generate substantial profits from the sale of the new land and the facilities developed on it, unlike more traditional methods such as building protective embankments. But there is still debate, not just on this point, but also on the need to avoid compromising the quality of facilities made available to the public.

The Guardian