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barriers and custom formalities that        port by the inhabitants. In all aspects  we have put emphasis on “green”
put shipping at a disadvantage vis à vis    of life, being “green” has gained much   charges. External costs can be included
other modes.                                more importance over the past years. In  in the infrastructure charges and
                                            order to stay competitive and have the   the port authority is enabled to give
On the other hand, the ports                support of the local community, a port   environmental discounts on its charges.
themselves are undertaking                  needs to be able to offer sustainable
many efforts to become more                 solutions and show environmental         Coming from Hamburg, I am very
environmentally friendly. Especially for    awareness.                               happy that the Hamburg Port authority
ports located in populated areas, this is                                            is an excellent example for ports
not only essential for the environment      In the recently reached deal with the    that already practice environmental
itself, but also for the acceptance of the  council on the Port Services Regulation  charging. After having been named
                                                                                     the European Green Capital in 2011
                                                                                     the “green” consciousness across all
                                                                                     sectors has risen even more.

                                                                                     The Hamburg Port Authority is not only
                                                                                     creating incentives for environmentally
                                                                                     friendly vessels to call at the port, but
                                                                                     works with innovative concepts to
                                                                                     reduce its impact on the environment
                                                                                     considerably. Its “smartPORT energy”
                                                                                     concept aims at reducing the dependence
                                                                                     on conventional energy sources, lower
                                                                                     emissions and reduce expenses.

                                                                                     The greening of the shipping industry
                                                                                     is a challenge that needs to be tackled
                                                                                     first and foremost on the international
                                                                                     level in the context of the IMO. Even
                                                                                     though progress will be slow, it will be
                                                                                     an inclusive and sustainable progress.
                                                                                     Decreasing the environmental foot
                                                                                     print is not limited to expensive
                                                                                     technological solutions, but can be also
                                                                                     achieved with innovative and creative
                                                                                     approaches to increase the efficiency of
                                                                                     the operations.

                                                                                     Certain aspects need to be solved
                                                                                     jointly at the international level, but
                                                                                     it does not take the responsibility off
                                                                                     each stakeholder along the chain to
                                                                                     make their own contribution. Politics
                                                                                     need to play a major role in increasing
                                                                                     the incentives for “green” solutions and
                                                                                     to promote renewable energies. With
                                                                                     our Paris commitments we are setting
                                                                                     an ambitious goal, which needs to be
                                                                                     broken down into concrete action plans
                                                                                     in order to lead to a truly sustainable
                                                                                     shipping sector. l
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