In winter, we shared five focus areas that are key to creating greener and smarter ports – after translating our global experience in to local solutions that combine Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport’s 2021 seaport master plan with an ambitious green ports pathway.
Knowing you have to change the way a port operates to keep it sustainable and viable for the future is one thing, but knowing where to start is another. Taking smaller steps makes the transition more manageable. So we highlighted five great starting points:
In spring, we argued that there’s a positive business case for using pre-emptive treatment to combat CO2 emissions. Production, transportation of raw materials, and port construction all come with a substantial CO2 burden. Reducing those emissions can both benefit the environment and reduce your costs.
At Royal HaskoningDHV, we don’t think CO2 calculations should be viewed as an extra. By integrating them –and green and smart ports solutions –into the design and build process for maritime infrastructure, you can get financial and environmental benefits.
And because maritime structures have such a long lifecycle, acting early to address the CO2 impact of a project can have a far greater long term effect. By pursuing the best available methods in carbon reduction now, you’ll minimise risk of falling foul of legislation changes in future.
This summer, our smart ports team shared their expertise at TOC Europe. They talked about how electrification, alternative fuels and technology can be used to reduce emissions and make ports and terminals more sustainable, efficient, and resilient.
Solving our clients’ sustainability challenges is a key priority for us. As Mark Wootton, Director for Terminal Automation, puts it: “We are proud to showcase our innovative solutions which are making ports and terminals smarter and greener all around the world.”
This year’s theme for World Maritime Day is “New technologies for greener shipping”. We’re excited to expand on all the work we’re already doing, and share more of our experience and knowledge of building sustainability into the core of maritime infrastructure design.
If you feel inspired to make your port greener, and get ahead of evolving environmental regulations to save yourself time and money in the long term, we have a whole host of resources to help you.