Three ports up for climate and energy award

Awards IAPH World Ports Sustainability Challenge Awards. Credit: WPSP

The ports of Amsterdam, Antwerp and Ports of Stockholm have been shortlisted for the Climate and Energy category of the IAPH World Ports Sustainability Challenge Awards.

Ports in this category subscribe to the Paris Climate Goal which aims to keep global warming well below two degrees Celsius. Building on the output of the World Ports Climate Initiative, port community actors can collaborate in refining and developing tools to facilitate reduction of CO2 emissions from shipping, port and landside operations. In addition, they can take initiatives to enable energy transition, improve air quality and stimulate circular economy.

The Port of Amsterdam has been nominated for its Integrated Green Energy Solutions (IGES) project. IGES Amsterdam has constructed a plant transforming plastic to oil for road-ready fuel. IGES Amsterdam uses plastic feedstock that is polluted in such a way that it is not suitable for mechanical recycling. The project foresees the transformation of approximately 35000t of plastic into 30m litres of fuel annually. The ultimate goal is the implementation of chemical recycling, in order to enable the creation of new plastics.

Tidal energy

The Port of Antwerp’s (PoA)Hydropower project has consisted of developing, constructing and testing a prototype model of a three-bladed vertical axe waterturbine mounted in existing infrastructure of the lock at the left bank of the port.

Testing proved that the turbine has much more potential (150 kW) than the original goal of 100kW, triggering the consideration of further developing tidal energy in the port. The feasibility of installing five or more hydroturbines on the Kallo and Kieldrecht locks is currently under investigation. Tidal energy can then be integrated with the existing solar panels and wind turbines to a smart grid on the left bank of the port.

Ports of Stockholm has also been nominated for its carbon footprint, energy optimisation and sustainability reporting. It offers eco-initiatives including onshore power, energy monitoring metres and environmentally differentiated port fees. Its targets include reduction of energy use in the business by 50% over the period 2005 to 2025.

The Awards, which will be presented at the IAPH Guangzhou World Ports Conference in May, recognise the best registered projects from the IAPH's World Ports Sustainability Program.

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