Improving port sustainability
Port sustainability efforts are set to grow in the coming years. This isn’t just due to rising social responsibility to protect the environment – regulations around carbon emissions are always tightening, which means now is the time to identify and implement viable alternatives.
Combine this with the current instability of the energy market and the finite nature of fossil fuels and there’s an even greater issue to consider; renewable alternatives will deliver long-term cost savings and futureproof against fuel scarcity, too.
Using electrification and shore power
Electrifying port equipment will contribute greatly to cutting port emissions. For fixed equipment, electricity is already a common practice, but replacing diesel with batteries for mobile equipment is also a growing trend as these systems become more widely available.
Moreover, by using renewable energy to power port equipment you can mediate the impact of rising energy prices and cut carbon emissions even further. And by introducing shore power to terminals, port authorities can pass these carbon and cost savings to ships.
By connecting ships to port terminals, and providing them with electricity, on-board generators can be switched off while continuing to supply vital on-board equipment.
Automating port equipment
Increasing port efficiency is another way to ensure that you’re using energy optimally. This will reduce the carbon emissions created by wasteful processes, improve port performance, and cut unnecessary costs. Automating port equipment will also reduce the number of manual tasks that port workers need to perform day to day. Instead, they can manage the automated processes in a safer environment and add value where human intervention is most beneficial.
Understand emissions to reduce them
To reduce carbon emissions, you need to understand your current status, and integrate reduction plans into port innovations as early as possible. To be truly effective, carbon reduction should not be seen as an add on, but an integral part of port design.
By integrating a carbon reduction strategy into your technical design and financial planning, you’ll be better positioned to stay ahead of evolving legislation. Government regulations around carbon emissions will only tighten in the future and the lengthy design and construction process of ports means there’s a real risk they will change mid-project.
By using carbon calculation tools in this early stage, you’ll be able to quickly assess the impact different designs will have on emissions – and highlight which reduction opportunities are the most viable.
A low carbon future
There’s a clear theme running through all these trends: the need for sustainable port solutions will only increase as legislation changes and the climate crisis grows. Acting early will help you get the most out of the investments you make and reduce your energy costs in the long term. Take a look at our Green Ports page
for inspiration and solutions to improve your port’s sustainability today.