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Decarbonisation And Digitization, A Common Strategy Of European Ports To Promote Economic Transformation

Decarbonisation and digitization, a common strategy of European ports to promote economic transformation

València, May 25, 2021.- Decarbonisation, digitization, use of alternative energies, intermodality and engines of innovation are some of the common strategic axes in the port areas for the economic and social transformation after COVID-19, on the line marked by the European Union in the Green Deal to develop a sustainable economy. The European port system has addressed these challenges at the Regatta 2021 Conference that was inaugurated
this morning in the Clock building of the Port of València with the intervention of Aurelio Martínez, president of the Valencia Port Authority (APV), Annaleena Mäkilä, president from ESPO and Adina Vălea, European Union Commissioner for Transport. Aurelio Martínez pointed out that this Conference will provide answers to the major milestones that European ports must face in the short and medium term, such as “the future of ports and Port Authorities in the post-COVID era, the continuous development of networks Trans-European Transport (TEN T), the use of alternative energy sources, which, such as hydrogen, will help to achieve the zero emissions objective ”. “These goals,” Martínez continued, “can only be achieved if all the parties involved, private agents, institutions and legislators work jointly and by consensus in the same direction. The issues we have on the agenda are of such importance that only in this way, through the design and development of a common strategy, can they be achieved. For this, it is essential that the dialogue between all parties is fluid and continuous. That the Port Authorities are aware of the specific needs of the different links in the logistics chain, that the agents have first-hand information on the rules and laws that are on the agenda of the European Union and that the legislator considers the reality and the situation of a complex industry to regulate according to this reality ”. In this sense, For Martínez, “a fluid dialogue in which port-city relations plays a prominent role is essential. The progressive integration of ports into the city’s landscape obliges Port Authorities to consider the needs and aspirations of the rest of society in terms of safety, quality of life and sustainability. For this reason, in the same way that we must ensure the normal development of port activity as a dynamic element of the economic growth of our business fabric, we must also prioritize management models that allow ports to coexist in perfect balance and harmony with their environment ”. During his speech, the president of the PAV highlighted “the effort made by companies, institutions and administrations has been a key element in alleviating the economic impact derived from a global crisis whose impact would have been much worse without the participation of the ports.” Strategic role in economic and social transformation For her part, the president of ESPO, Annaleena Mäkilä, has valued that “we are in a time of change and an opportunity for the transformation of the economy and society after COVID-19 where the port areas are going to play a role key in economic recovery. The energy transition and digitization are two key aspects that port authorities are working on within the framework of the European Green Deal, the European Union’s roadmap for a sustainable economy ”. The European Union Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean, stressed that “ports are an example of constant innovation and support in improving industrial activity in their hinterland. The present of the port facilities is the investment in multimodality, decarbonisation, use of alternative energies and digitization to improve the competitiveness of their facilities within the framework of the European Green Pact ”. The Building of the Clock of the Port of València has hosted the first day of the 17th edition of this annual meeting of European ports where the results of the recent study that Deloitte and ESPO have jointly carried out on paper in the future of European port authorities. Similarly, throughout the morning, different expert voices on the subject have debated and made an X-ray of the state of the art. The first day of the Regatta conference concluded with the intervention of Inmaculada Rodríguez Piñeiro MEP. Under the motto ‘European ports at the crossroads of transitions’, the European Organization of Maritime Ports (ESPO, for its acronym in English) promotes this cycle of conferences, in which the most important European ports are given during three days , to address the fundamental role of port facilities in maintaining supply chains during the COVID-19 crisis, as well as their role in the “green” economic recovery and the new “Europe of 27” after departure from United Kingdom. The event will continue tomorrow from the visitor center of the North Sea Port of Ghent and will end on the 28th with the session organized by the Port of Oslo from the Clarion Hotel. In total, more than 40 experts will participate, discussing the future of European ports as driving forces for a strong and resilient European economy and society. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de València (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia)

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