Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) August 14, 2019 – The Port of Barcelona is leading the Power-to-Ship working group of the World Ports Climate Action Program (WPCAP) with the aim of promoting the electrification of docks in ports around the world. The initiative integrates the main international ports involved in reducing pollutant emissions and combating global warming: Los Angeles, Antwerp, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Vancouver and Barcelona.
The head of Strategy of Barcelona port, Jordi Torrent, and the head of the Environment, Jordi Vila, are the port’s representatives in the working group, which also has the collaboration of the Energy Research Institute of Catalonia (IREC ).
The initiative has several phases. Currently, a study is being launched globally, among ports around the world, to analyze the various existing alternatives to provide clean energy for ships during their stay in port and thus substantially reduce the impact on climate change and pollutant emissions in the city. The results of this study will be announced at the end of this 2019.
The various solutions, advantages and barriers existing for each port will be evaluated and recommendations and proposals for concrete actions will be carried out on a global scale during the year 2020. This final section will be when pilot tests are carried out in the various member ports of the initiative like Barcelona.
Barcelona is also participating in another WPCAP working group, led by the ports of Rotterdam and Vancouver, focused on fostering the development of zero or low carbon fuels as a cleaner alternative to conventional fossil fuels that currently use boats. While studying the possibilities and feasibility of using, as a large-scale fuel, products such as hydrogen and methanol, we are betting on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other fossil fuels that help to significantly reduce CO2 emissions .
The World Ports Climate Action Program (WPCA) is an alliance initially promoted by some leading global ports to combat climate change through the decarbonisation of transport such as: Los Angeles, Long Beach, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, Vancouver and Barcelona, emerged from the World Summit for Climate Action held in San Francisco last September. Lately, the program has had the accession of other ports around the world.
The port of Barcelona, which has been promoting actions in defence of the environment for more than two decades, remains committed to the sustainable development of the Port and reducing the impact on the city of Barcelona, inserting the local look into a more global one.
Among other measures, Barcelona has been working for years on the Air Quality Improvement Plan for the port, which aims to effectively reduce pollutant emissions from the port activity through several projects. Many of these actions are already being developed and are based, among others, on the promotion of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative fuel for ships, terminal machinery and trucks.
The Global Port Climate Action Program focuses on the following actions:
- Increase the efficiency of supply chains using digital tools.
- Develop common and ambitious regulatory approaches aimed at reducing emissions in larger geographical areas.
- Accelerate the development of renewable energy supply solutions to ships during their stay in ports and other zero emission solutions.
- Encourage the development of low carbon and commercially sustainable fuels for maritime transport and infrastructure for the electrification of ship propulsion systems.
- Boost efforts for the total decarbonization of cargo handling facilities in our ports.
Source: Port de Barcelona
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