Valencia, Spain (PortSEurope) March 13, 2019 – Valencia port has received the international prize ‘GREEN4SEA Port Award’ 2019 in environmental matters for its H2Ports project, a pilot initiative that will convert it into the first harbour in Europe to use hydrogen in its terminals.
The award ceremony was held in Athens, Greece, at a gala in which the ports of Amsterdam, Helsinki, Montreal and San Diego were nominated in the same category.
The general manager of Valencia port, Francesc Sanchez, stressed that the H2Ports project is part of the energy strategy of the port authority of Valencia for a model of “zero emissions” within port activities.
“This project will be followed by others that will allow the implementation of renewable energy and new storage technologies in the ports,” he pointed out to emphasise that these initiatives demonstrate “Valencia port’s firm commitment to the energy transition and sustainability”.
In this regard, he indicated that the implementation of “green” initiatives has already resulted in “a 17% reduction in the carbon footprint while traffic has grown by 24%.”
In addition to evaluating the propelling work of the port of Valencia in the use of renewable energies, the GREEN4SEA award has taken into account other factors such as: the participation of private companies such as MSC Terminal Valencia, Grimaldi Group, Hyster-Yale, Atena, Ballard Power Systems Europe and ENAGAS, the use of machinery propelled by hydrogen in the terminals, as well as planned investments.
Source: Empresa Exterior
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