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• Ports will have to enhance the or are encouraging ships to Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General ESPO
energy performance of their use shore side electricity. In
own operations. To do so, they addition, port authorities can
have to learn from each other. enhance the energy-efficiency
Both within ESPO’s Ecoports of their port companies and
network as at the occasion of industries by setting conditions
our annual Conference, ESPO in the land lease contracts
is constantly facilitating the or by just giving incentives,
exchange of best practices. encourage and support port
companies to work on energy-
• Ports are industrial hotspots efficiency.
and often cluster different
industries. Port areas bring To conclude, there is an
together different companies urgent need to work on energy
and industries, adequate efficiency. Ports have an active
infrastructure and logistics role to play and are also willing
and often have a supportive to do so. At our Conference,
business network. In that 90% of participants believed that
respect ports are an ideal place ports should actively manage this
for exploiting the potential change in the energy landscape
of circular economy and find of which working on energy
ways for eliminating waste efficiency is an important pillar.
or using by-products in an
efficient way. The port authority We should also realise that
can be the perfect match Europe is not anymore the
maker in bringing together only one setting the bar high.
the different stakeholders in Recently, the US president Barack
the port and can help paving Obama made his clean power
the way for a circular economy plan public. Before summer the
in the port. G7 engaged itself to achieve an
economy without fossil fuels by
• Finally, ports can play an the end of the century. Let us
important role in enhancing hope others follow. Energy like
the energy-efficiency of both transport relies on a network and
the ships and the industries the alternative energy network
they accommodate. A growing can only work efficiently if there is
amount of European ports are a “network” and if many are using
rewarding “green ships” and/ the network. l

1 OECD/ITF (2015), ITF Transport Outlook 2015, OECD Publishing, Paris/ITF, Paris.
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