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APMT partners with Siemens for energy optimisation and emission reduction at terminals

APMT partners with Siemens for energy optimisation and emission reduction at terminals
Operations at APMT GTI

APM Terminals (APMT) and Siemens Limited, India, have identified a potential 30-40% emissions reduction at Gateway Terminals India (GTI) and now aim to work on further energy optimisation and emission reduction programmes across its terminals globally.

To find scalable and efficient solutions for reducing emissions at GIT, APMT engaged Siemens for a pilot project aimed at establishing the baseline of GTI’s energy consumption patterns through continuous measurement of all energy consumers.

Girish Aggarwal, COO at GTI, said: “As a major logistics player in India, we are conscious of our carbon footprint, but also of our responsibility for finding all possible ways of reducing them.

“The partnership with Siemens allows us to successfully address this issue not only at GTI, but also convert it into a scalable solution for implementation in other terminals.”

GTI is one of the busiest container terminals in India, handling 2m teu per year and 10% of India’s container trade, and one of the baseline requirements for such large-scale operations is high energy consumption.

The terminal utilises a combination of diesel and electric powered equipment and in 2020 alone it consumed 5.8m litres of diesel and 25 Giga Watt hours of electricity, resulting in 66,847 tonnes of CO2 in Scope 1 (fuel-based) and 84,429 tonnes of CO2 in Scope 2 (emissions from the generation of purchased electricity.

The project with Siemens is designed to define, verify, and later implement possible energy optimisation measures.

Known as Facility Improvement Measures (FIM), they would also entail verification of actual energy consumption, as well as emission reduction achieved.

Additionally, the pilot will utilise Siemens’ digital platform solution, including integration into APMT’s IT and digital architecture and compliance with terminal operator’s IT, cyber security and data requirements.

Siemens’ technologies include microgrid solution, energy efficiency analytics and integration of renewables.

Robert Demann, head of smart infrastructure at Siemens, said: “Our aim is to empower our customers in their digital transformation and achieving their sustainability goals.

“Siemens’ technologies will contribute to GTI achieving their targets of decarbonisation, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency.”

The pilot identified four main FIM or focus areas for decarbonisation: Transformer optimisation will help reduce energy loss by intelligently switching the transformers while rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) hybridisation will help save fuel.

Additionally, optimising reefer facilities will reduce energy peak and demand, improve reliability and increase flexibility.

Finally, implementing local solar photovoltaic (PV) infrastructure will provide the terminal with more clean energy, reduce grid supply and peaks, and bring additional flexibility to energy sourcing.

Based on initial learnings, APMT and Siemens estimate that proposed measures should help emission reduction of 40% on Scope 1 emissions and 16-20% on Scope 2 emissions at GTI.

For the next step, APMT will roll out terminal-specific improvement measures across a wider portfolio of terminals globally with the aim of achieving similar emissions reduction in other locations.

With energy consumption optimisation and green energy sourcing being the pillars, alongside electrification, of APMT’s decarbonisation roadmap, the Mumbai pilot will soon become a scalable solution globally, significantly strengthening the company’s decarbonisation efforts.