Vigo, Spain (PortSEurope) April 1, 2021 – The Blue Growth working groups have met online to discuss the areas of “Training and History and of Biotechnology and Blue Energy”. The president, Jesús Vázquez Almuíña, placed special emphasis on the objective of achieving an inclusive port, which has already been achieved and significant progress has been made. He highlighted the collaboration with the Campus do Mar,
which was fundamental, both in the framework of training and in history. He also referred to the professionalization of activities and industries that are in the area of influence of the port and that are the key to ensuring their competitiveness at the local, national and international level. Also mentioned were the initiatives that the group promoted from the beginning, which focus on training and advice to different professional groups related to port operations and sectors, but also with the promotion of entrepreneurship, as is the case of the “Blue Racing” project. A continuous and permanent line of work that led to the “MarENet” project, which was awarded last year by the European Commission as the best Atlantic training project. The president stressed that their history and culture shape their nature and path and allows them to learn, adding that it allows them to bring the cultural wealth to all the people, as well as allowing them to develop services and business opportunities within the framework of tourist attraction. At the end of the Training and History working group, Vázquez Almuíña welcomed the members of the Biotechnology and Blue Energy group. A meeting forum that is committed to reinforcing the Port’s green strategy, hand in hand with initiatives that seek to fulfill the olive terminal’s manifest commitment to biodiversity and the environment. In this sense, the maximum responsible for the port recalled the “Our Oceans” commitment to reduce CO2, SOx and NOx emissions by 30% and achieve 3% energy self-sufficiency by 2022, which led to various international recognitions. According to the latest available data, the carbon footprint of the Port Authority fell by 14% in 2020 and in 2014 the carbon footprint was close to 6 million tons of CO2, while in the last year it was reduced to 4 million tons. At the same time, from the Vigo Port Authority efforts are being made towards the achievement of the zero emissions commitment in 2030. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.