November 25, 2017

Navigation ports and freight terminals facing with growing energy costs

Sea and inland navigation ports and freight terminals are facing growing energy costs and major political and societal pressure in terms of their environmental performance. The EU-funded project GREEN EFFORTS (‘Green and effective operations at terminals and in ports’) is analyzing port and terminal processes in detail with a view to developing new solutions reducing energy consumption while promoting the use of cleaner energy at container, roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) and inland waterway terminals. With goods transport responsible for about 30 % of the global carbon emissions caused by humans, GREEN EFFORTS is considering the increased use of renewable energies, as well as efforts to get port and terminal personnel actively involved in saving energy. The project will also examine the possibility of using liquefied natural gas (LNG), as well as shore-based power for berthed ships to reduce particle emissions in ports. Led by researchers at Jacobs University Bremen, GREEN EFFORTS will develop methods and standards aimed at the reduction of carbon footprints at ports and terminals. Importantly, all results will be described in a clear and comprehensible way to foster easy application. GREEN EFFORTS is also active worldwide, capitalizing on opportunities to share valuable knowledge and practical experience while strengthening trade relations with key stakeholders in the international port community, from South Asian to Latin America and beyond.

Source: Balkans.com (read more)

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