Venice, Italy (PortSEurope) May 27, 2018 – A focus group of the SUPAIR project has met in Venice to discuss how to make port-logistics operations greener and to increase the competitiveness of the ports of Venice and Chioggia.
The SUPAIR project aims at reducing the environmental impacts of shipping and port operations through the establishment of a Network of ADRION low-carbon ports engaged in developing soft and hard environment-friendly solutions included in port action plans addressed to developing a greener, safer and more efficient transport system.
Common baseline for the seven ports participating in the initiative (in addition to the port of Venice, including those of Trieste, Koper, Bar, Durres, Thessaloniki and Piraeus) is to gather information and opinions of institutional and commercial stakeholders – through these technical round tables – which will then be drafting the port energy management plan, which identifies the most promising technologies for the improvement of the overall energy efficiency of the port.
In concrete terms, the project now underway, which will end in December 2019, includes various measures, ranging from the development of a Port Smart Management Tool, to the electrification of the quays, to pilot actions as special measures to reduce the noise pollution of port operations on neighbouring urban areas, the revitalization of green spaces in the port area and the construction of low-carbon transport systems.
SUPAIR members and their targets:
Port of Venice: improvement of land-side port performances through the reduction of truck congestion thanks to the design of a Port Smart Management Tool aimed at improving the efficiency of inbound/outbound gateway points of the whole port area.
Port of Trieste: drawing up an action plan aimed at monitoring and reducing the impact of port activities in the medium and long term. Particular attention will be dedicated to innovative technologies such as onshore power supply.
Port of Koper: focus on efficient use of energy solutions in transport and mobility services and on issues related to noise and water pollution favouring environment friendly, low-carbon solutions.
Port of Bar: green upgrade of current port infrastructure in order to increase environmental performance, reduce costs and improve the overall efficiency of the port.
Port of Durrës: focus on the revitalization of green spaces throughout the port territory and the implementation of low carbon transport systems and multimodal connections between ferries and cruise docks with the city centre and the railway station.
Port of Thessaloniki: the action plan will include a truck flow management system, an Energy Management Plan and the design of an IT tool for energy consumption monitoring.
Port of Piraeus: assessment of port activities carbon footprint aimed at defining existing inefficiencies and gaps and identifying appropriate countermeasures. Assessment of energy consumption with the aim of designing an energy management plan which also identifies promising technologies for the improvement of overall energy efficiency within the port.