Spanish Valenciaport is making its debut in 2021 by joining the club of twelve international ports committed to decarbonisation and emission reduction projects.

The Port of Valencia (PAV) is now a member of the World Ports Climate Action Program (WPCAP), a working group that jointly promotes actions against climate change and that collaborates closely with the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH).

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The WPCAP was created with the main objective of reducing CO2 emissions and improving air quality.

“We have adhered to this programme in which the biggest ports participate and which are the mirror in which the rest of the world port system is looked at as their activity has a subsequent impact on the rest of the port scale,” Aurelio Martinez, President of PAV, commented.

According to Martinez, being part of the WPCAH highlights environmental actions Valenciaport has been carrying out.

Last July, two environmental projects being led by the Port Authority of Valencia won IAPH award. These programmes are “Green and Connected (Green C) Ports” – which has also received an EnerTIC award – and “Loop Ports”. The initiatives demonstrated innovative solutions to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, reduce noise levels, forecast crane productivity and measure emissions in real time in the ports.

World Ports Climate Action Program

The Port of Valencia will be part of the select group comprising ports of Antwerp, Barcelona, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Le Havre, Long Beach, Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey, Rotterdam, Vancouver and Yokohama.

The ports integrated in the WPCAP have thus created a programme of climate measures centred on five axes:

  • Increase the efficiency of logistics chains through the development and harmonisation of digital tools.
  • Promote the common approach of public policies on the reduction of emissions within large geographical areas.
  • Accelerate the development of renewable energies for ships or other “zero-emission” alternatives in the docks.
  • Accelerate the development of alternative fuels for ships, whose emissions are at least 50% lower than those generated by current fuels.
  • Defend the “decarbonisation” of port terminals.

The ports are working with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and different stakeholders to implement the abovementioned goals and advance the decarbonization of the maritime sector.

Clean energies and green terminals

PAV representatives are included in four of the five WPCAP working groups — Efficiency, Policy and Governance, Energy for Vessels, and Decarbonised Terminals. 

One of the most important initiatives is the Green Hydrogen with H2Ports roadmap, a pilot project for the area of mobility and maritime transport that is being carried out in the Port of Valencia to incorporate hydrogen in port logistics operations with the aim of reducing its environmental impact. The project is expected to make Valenciaport the first port in Europe to have hydrogen energy in its terminals by 2021.

In the area of sustainable infrastructures, the APV is developing projects such as the new North Terminal and the new Passenger Terminal. These are focused on creating ecological, intelligent and accessible terminals that combine the generation of wealth and employment with respect for the environment.

In addition, the business plan includes actions to promote green energy and reduce energy consumption within the framework of Valenciaport 2030, zero emissions. For this purpose, EUR 3.2 million will be invested in energy efficiency programmes and consumption control systems, while EUR 15 million are planned for wind power and 2.8 million for photovoltaic systems in the generation of alternative energies.

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