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Valencia Port Authority Discusses The New Terminal And The Environment With The European Parliament

Valencia Port Authority discusses the new terminal and the environment with the European Parliament

València, September 1, 2021 – The president of the Valencia Port Authority (APV), Aurelio Martínez, today discussed before the Petitions Committee of the European Parliament compliance with the national and European legislative framework, on environmental matters of the project for the development of the container terminal in the North expansion of the Port of València The president analyzed the evolution of the project since it began
in 2006 and the implications of modifying it – always in the inner waters of the port – could have in environmental matters. “The technicians of the Port Authority have studied whether the modification of the original project, proposed to adapt to the changes that occurred in the maritime sector, could entail an infringement in the sections of article 7 of the Environmental Assessment Law (LEA) that would require new Environmental Impact Statement (DIA), reaching the conclusion that the 2007 EIS is in force and a new evaluation is not necessary, as was later ratified by Puertos del Estado”. Aurelio Martínez clarified that the project does not incur the assumptions of article 7.2 either. c) of the LEA, referring to projects that have an EIS in force, and among those that contemplate a significant increase in emissions to the atmosphere, discharges to public channels or to the coast, waste generation and use of natural resources, or the effect on Protected Spaces of the Natura 2000 Network or cultural heritage. “With the fulfillment of these assumptions it is not necessary to proceed to a simplified environmental declaration of the modification of the project. As is logical, the PAV is incorporating all the observations in technical-environmental matters that prove regulatory compliance”, concluded Martínez. In this sense, between 2008 and 2017 quarterly reports have been made within the Surveillance Plan approved in the DIA. Some reports (10,000 pages) that have been sent to Costas and the Ministry of the Environment, without any objection or clarification on them. The PAV entrusted the preparation of these reports to the Chair of Ports and Coasts of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and its work issued the following conclusions: The North beach of the Port of Valencia is evolving as expected with the presence of the shelter works; the beach tilts towards the port with advances in the Cabanyal; The effect of the works has been evident since April 2009, but there are no unexpected effects that could pose a risk to the stability of the beaches north of the Port of València.The beaches to the south do not indicate any effect due to the expansion works, therefore, there are no consequences on the beaches to the south of the Port of València that represent a risk for the evolution that has been experiencing since years prior to the start and end of the works of enlargement. Aurelio Martínez also recalled that the northern expansion of the Port of València, concluded and inaugurated in April 2012, obtained financing from European funds of 74 million euros, which shows that the project is of strategic relevance, not only for the Valencian Community and Spain, but also for the European Union. Sustainability and employment of the new terminal The container terminal designed for the inland waters of the northern expansion of the Port of València is a clear example of infrastructure that combines sustainability and growth. On the one hand, the new terminal will be the most environmentally advanced in the world and, on the other hand, it will contribute to generating employment and wealth in the Valencian Community and Spain. This infrastructure will strengthen Valenciaport’s position in the Mediterranean and its work as a tractor company at the service of Spanish economic activity. In terms of the environment,” Martínez explained, “the new container terminal will be a smoke-free space, as it will minimise CO2 emissions by supplying electricity to cranes and yard machinery, and to container ships. The project presented by TIL/MSC to Valenciaport includes the electrification of 98% of the driving components and installations of the terminal; and in addition, 100% of the electricity will come from renewable sources, which in turn will imply a 98% reduction in CO2 emissions”. In this line, the high automation of equipment and operations, the use of advanced traffic prediction systems, the design of buildings with energy efficiency criteria, and the external lighting system with LED-type luminaires will allow energy consumption to be minimized. A project that is part of the objective of “Valenciaport 2030, Zero Emissions” that is based on actions that go through a determined and firm commitment to the implementation of renewable energies with investments in wind and photovoltaic energy, the construction of a new electrical substation that allows the connection to the network of the ships docked in port, the implementation of projects with hydrogen in port facilities and machinery or the plans for the supply of LNG to ships. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de València (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia)

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