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APDL And ANTRAM Sign A Protocol For Decarbonization Of The Ports Of Leixões And Viana Do Castelo

APDL and ANTRAM sign a protocol for decarbonization of the ports of Leixões and Viana do Castelo

Reducing the number of more polluting trucks circulating in port infrastructures, starting in 2021, will represent a 50% reduction in pollution The Administration of the Ports of Douro, Leixões and Viana do Castelo (APDL) and the National Association of Public Road Transport of Goods (ANTRAM) signed, this Wednesday, December 9, a protocol with a view to the decarbonization of the ports of Leixões and Viana
do Castelo, following the decision of this Port Administration, to ban the entry and circulation of Euro I, II, III and IV vehicles in the ports of Leixões and Viana do Castelo as early as next year. The agreement provides for the prohibition, as of January 1, 2021, of the entry and circulation of the most polluting heavy vehicles within the infrastructure, namely EURO I, II, III and IV vehicles. In order for the adaptation to be gradual, a transition period is foreseen for vehicles that, on December 31 of this year, are already registered in the respective ports. For EURO I and II trucks, those classified as the most polluting, this period will be 24 months and, EURO III and IV vehicles, will have 36 months for adaptation. In addition to this measure, the agreement provides for a reduction in the times of operations, namely the lifting and delivery of maritime containers or other goods, contributing to the reduction of the emission of gases into the atmosphere and the reduction of the emission of noise caused by the circulation and the activity of trucks within the port area. The commitment made is part of a series of measures that APDL has been implementing with a view to improving air quality in the port area and, consequently, in the surrounding areas, minimizing the impacts of its activity in cities and implementing best practices in resource management in order to reduce the environmental footprint of its ports. “This protocol has even more significance since this week marks five years since the approval of the Paris Agreement. One of the major objectives of APDL, in the coming years, is to serve as an example to the remaining Portuguese ports in the implementation of measures that make the our most sustainable port infrastructure. We are developing a real roadmap for decarbonisation, with a set of measures that aim to reduce the ecological footprint of our activity, by 2030. Once again, we are at the forefront of the port sector in terms of environmental respect and social “explains Nuno Araújo, president of APDL. Pedro Polónio, president of ANTRAM, points out that “one of ANTRAM’s main objectives is to reduce the atmospheric emissions of its associates’ vehicles and, equally, to improve the fleets used by them. Therefore, we are very pleased with the signing of this protocol that will bring important benefits to ports, cities and populations.” “The signing of a protocol that intends to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change and the environmental impact of an infrastructure as prominent and relevant as the Port of Leixões, brings with it not only the improvement of conditions of life of our citizens, as an important sign that this economic engine of Matosinhos is in line with the objectives of the municipality to comply with the goals of decarbonization of the economy”, concludes Luísa Salgueiro, Mayor of Matosinhos. More than 1500 goods transport vehicles enter the Port of Leixões daily, which release a total of 1.189 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, with approximately 27% of heavy vehicles classified as EURO I, II, III and IV. Source: ADPL

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