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Port of Rotterdam Authority targets zero emission port goal by 2050 with shore power tech

11 Jan 2021

The Port of Rotterdam is targeting to become a zero emission port by 2050 through the help of shore power technology, it says.

The ambition is in support of the European Green Deal, where the European Commission aims to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050.

Together with the Municipality of Rotterdam, the port authority has embarked on an ambitious strategy to realise 8 to 10 new shore power installations in the next five years to learn from them and then speed up the uptake of shore power in the second part of this decade.

This approach is a consequence of the fact that, despite the positive results of shore power, fundamental uncertainties for market parties still exist and the technical potential of shore power for the shipping industry is still being developed.

“To reduce the emissions of the entire maritime transport chain, we stimulate investments in sustainable fuel production across the entire value chain, provide incentives for ships that use cleaner fuels and develop new safety frameworks and standards for bunkering clean and low carbon fuels and set up these new bunkering facilities in the port,” it said in a statement.

“CO2-emissions at sea represent 87% of all emissions of logistics chains via Rotterdam. Hinterland transport is 11% and the emissions of berthed ships just 2%.”

The port aims to supply 90% of the ships visiting public quays in the urban area with shore power by 2030. Furthermore, it is planning to focus on areas and segments where the port can take large steps forward.

“For Roll-on/Roll-off, ferries, offshore vessels and cruise we want to supply 90% of the visits with shore power by 2030,” it says.

“For large container vessels (ULCS: >10,000 TEU nominal capacity) the aim is set at 50%.

“For more complex shipping segments such as liquid and dry bulk and areas where the technical facilities are not yet available, we provide active support in the field of innovation and standardisation.”

In order to realise the ambitions, the port notes it needs direct project subsidies to cover the non-profitable top of promising shore power projects.

“Putting a price on shipping emissions would considerably improve the business case for shore power while also boosting usage rates,” it explains.

“Whereas a permanent tax exemption for shore power and zero emission fuels is needed to create a level playing field with tax exempted fossil fuels.

“By fulfilling these conditions, European policymakers can help us to deliver zero emission ports, which in turn can help Europe to achieve climate neutrality in 2050.”


Photo credit: Port of Rotterdam Authority

Published: 11 January, 2021

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