The Port of Barcelona on Thursday (21 January) said throughout 2020, it implemented a strategy in which the Port and the Port Community worked together hand in hand to facilitate the energy transition towards lower emissions.
The Port of Barcelona noted it applies several environmental discounts to shipowners to promote improvements in vessels in terms of efficiency, like the use of natural gas and battery power to reduce atmospheric emissions.
In this instance, annual discounts applied by the Port of Barcelona amounted to an estimated EUR 2.3 million (USD 2.8 million).
“The idea behind these discounts for shipowners is to attract the cleanest ships to our port, which in turn, helps improve air quality throughout the Port,” said Jordi Vila, Head of Environment of the Port of Barcelona.
Barcelona was the first port in the Spanish port system to start applying discounts to ships using liquefied natural gas (LNG) and is currently the only port in Spain to apply discounts to cruise ships for reducing NOx emissions.
Additionally ,in 2020, 14 terminals at the Port of Barcelona that are eligible for environmental discounts invested upwards of EUR 1.7 million (USD 2.1 million) in projects aimed at decarbonising port operations, reducing emissions, generating renewable energy and starting energy transformation.
In response to these sustainable initiatives, the Port of Barcelona subsidised these terminals with nearly EUR 900,000 (USD 1.1 million) in discounts in 2020. Discounts in 2019 totalled EUR 886,000 (USD 1.08 million) while investments made by the terminals amounted to EUR 1.6 million (USD 1.95 million).
“The Port encourages its terminals to make environmental investments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in order to improve energy efficiency, generate renewable energy with photovoltaic panels or foster electric mobility,” said Mercè Conesa, President of the Port of Barcelona.
“These companies are working hand in hand with the Port to harness the capacity to generate renewable energy and prepare for the energy transition, which is key to meeting the challenge of becoming a carbon-neutral port by 2050.”
Environmental discounts represent between 15 to 20% of the activity rate of each terminal.
These discounts are “very significant in quality terms, since 50% of the 14 terminals under the scheme are expected to invest in rooftop photovoltaic electrical generation in 2021, helping to generate renewable energy”, added Vila.
Photo credit: Port of Barcelona
Published: 22 January, 2021
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