Sustainability in ports

In the course of climate change and the associated threats of global warming, the maritime industry is also called upon to make its contribution to protecting the environment. A reaction to the changing environmental conditions is also expected from the seaports. In the course of time, the terms GreenPorts and GreenShipping have developed, which stand for a new sustainable way of thinking and acting on the part of the maritime industry. The long-term goal of the ports must be to be part of a holistic, sustainable maritime logistics chain. This applies equally to the areas of shipping, port transshipment and hinterland traffic.

A sustainable way of doing business that combines economic, ecological and social interests is particularly in demand. Many ports have been involved in various sustainability projects for several years. Examples of this are the use of alternative energies, the cleaning of underwater ships, the use of ballast water purification systems and sustainable ship waste and water depth management.

The Competence Center GreenShipping Niedersachsen sees sustainability in the German seaports as a central issue and takes on this with the implementation of information events. The long-term goal is to initiate projects in the area of ​​GreenPorts.

Topics in the area of ​​GreenPorts include

  • Shore power supply
  • Future energy supply
  • Sewage and garbage disposal
  • Digitalization
  • Ship recycling
  • Environmental management in port operations / expansion
  • Soundproofing
  • Coastal defense
  • Sediment management
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