Page 16 - European Energy Innovation - Autumn 2015 publication
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Autumn 2015 European Energy Innovation


EU initiatives to decarbonise

maritime transport and port


By Rémi Mayet (pictured), Deputy Head of Unit, Ports and Inland Navigation, DG for Mobility and Transport,
European Commission

As 74 pct. of all goods According to the International to regulate the temperature
to or from the EU Transport Forum, the amount of on board. Implied here is also
zone are carried by cargo handled in European ports the obvious fact, that when we
ship, the European is expected to nearly triple by talk about the greening of the
ports are essential to Europe’s 2050. In 2017, all main ports in maritime transport sector, it is
growth. The impact assessment North Europe and Far East will important to look at not only
of the Commission’s proposal receive at least one megaship the vessels actually moving the
for a regulation of the port (>18,000 TEU) every day. These cargo but also at the port side.
sector – currently in the legislative figures challenge not only Intelligent port management
procedure in the European port capacity but also our EU must combine measures to
Parliament and the Council – decarbonisation, environmental reduce emissions, energy
shows that for every additional and air quality goals, ports being consumption and costs and
one million tonnes of cargo often – not only in close proximity develop innovative mobility
handled in a port, an average of to dense urban areas – but concepts, renewable energies
300 new jobs are created in the completely integrated in the city and the interlinking of energy-
port and its surrounding area. surrounding them. generating plants and consumer
plants to promote efficient use of
The apparent trade-off between resources.
economy and environment is
far from a one-to-one affair. This approach is aptly illustrated
Technologies that reduce the use by the current move to greener
of fossil fuels, for example, have vessel fuels, such as LNG (Liquid
the dual impact of promoting Natural Gas). On the one side, it
economic efficiency of ships, requires shipping lines to invest in
while reducing the sectors’ the appropriate equipment, while
environmental footprint. We on the other, comprehensive
need a strong focus on green bunkering systems must be
innovation within the maritime installed on-shore. The same can
sector, also in order for the sector be said for other measures such
to stay competitive in the long as shore side electricity supply for
run. moored vessels or efficient and
environmentally safe disposal of
Examples of such innovation can scrubber residue.
be found in the ability of cranes
to store the energy released At the level of the European
when lowering a container, or in Commission, we work concretely
the use of engine heat in vessels with the industry, port authorities,
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