Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) November 28, 2019 – The Port of Barcelona has been acknowledged for efforts to reduce the environmental impact and decarbonisation of port activity with initiatives such as the use of cleaner fuels and the electrification of the docks.
The head of the Environment of the Port of Barcelona, Jordi Vila, accompanied by technicians from the Department of the Environment, David González and Daniel Ruiz, received the award at the gala held yesterday at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
The EMAS Awards, organized by the European Commission and a Forum of Competent Organizations at Environmental aspects that are awarded biannually, have the objective of recognizing them Certified organizations with these environmental management systems that have stood out for their own Excellence and are a tool to promote and share the best environmental management practices.
The organisers highlighted the commitment to the environmental improvement of port activity and, especially, for the actions defined in the Plan for the Improvement of Air Quality of the Port of Barcelona, running since 2016. Especially, the promotion of new cleaner fuels in port logistics and, in particular, liquified natural gas (LNG), both for boats and for trucks and terminal machinery. Currently, the Port of Barcelona has adequate and adequate infrastructure to provide cleaner fuel for boats, trucks and terminal machinery, has a clear regulation that guarantees The security of the operations and encourages the ships that use this fuel at discounts in the higher taxes than the Ports Law determines.
To demonstrate its viability as an alternative fuel in different segments of mobility, the Port of Barcelona leads several pilot projects for the introduction of new fuels, among the which are the projects with European funding Core LNGas hive, Cleanport or RePort. These initiatives have led to the use of other zero-emission fuels, such as hydrogen or fuels rich in hydrogen, which will accelerate the process towards the decarbonisation of port activity. This decarbonisation will also be achieved by reducing the emissions of docked vessels thanks to the electrification project for the wharves being developed by the Port of Barcelona, which It will make it possible for the boats to connect to the electricity of the wharf and not have the auxiliary engines in operation during your stay in port.
Source: Port de Barcelona
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