The Port of Leixões has started its energy transition process as it aims to become the first port in Europe with zero emissions by 2035.
Throughout this year, the Port Authority of Leixões (APDL) will present its Energy Transition Roadmap which should guide concrete actions aimed at making Leixões one of the first non-polluting ports.
Nuno Araújo, president of the APDL board of directors, said: “The goal is to become an international reference port in southern Europe in the transition to a new energy system based on the use of its own natural resources, with the ambition to be a self-sufficient port with zero emissions.”
Achieving carbon neutrality and energy self-sufficiency by 2035 will mean doing so 15 years earlier than stipulated in the European Union (EU)’s European Green Deal.
The Green Deal is a commitment made by all EU member states to achieve climate neutrality and setting out a continental strategy to make European ports the first emission-free zone in the world by 2050.
Port Leixões’ decarbonisation plan does not only include measures aimed at phasing out fossil fuels but also the main source of energy in port activity.
The electrification and the use of all resources that digitalisation has made available will help to promote new synergies that will generate jobs and business for the country.
A high degree of motivation in all areas of the port, as well as an enormous mobilisation of human and economic resources, will be required to achieve the port’s stated objective.
However, the port has claimed that the expected benefits at the socio-economic, environmental, health and quality of life of the local and regional community make up for this effort.
For the implementation of the plan that will define the actions to be undertaken to successfully complete the decarbonisation project, APDL teams are working closely with Spanish consulting company Inova Labs.
Inova Labs specialises in energy transition projects and the project team is working hard to define the plan and its different priority lines of action, which will be progressively announced.