BEST unveils sustainability plan aiming to halve logistics chain emissions

BEST unveils sustainability plan aiming to halve logistics chain emissions
Barcelona Europe South Terminal

Hutchison Ports Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) has made public its sustainability plan, which it claims will enable shipowners to reduce their direct carbon footprint by half compared to other conventional terminals.

According to the operator, the use of electrical equipment and the energy efficiency of the terminal’s automated operations enable the reduction of CO2 emissions by half thanks to high productivity, which is approximately 50% faster than conventional terminals.

The digitisation of a large part of BEST’s processes through a 100% digital and automatic gate system reduces waiting times and emissions, it noted.

Rail transport forms another part of the terminal’s sustainability strategy, with rail movements last year saving 20,471 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Guillermo Belcastro, CEO of Hutchison Ports BEST, said: “The fight against climate change is a challenge that we all face as a society. At Hutchison Ports BEST we are convinced that we must work together to improve the planet´s sustainability.

“Choosing to have one’s cargo pass through BEST has direct positive consequences on the planet because it reduces 50% of direct CO2 emissions.”

The terminal has also installed more than 2,500 electrical connection points for reefer containers.

BEST is working with the Barcelona Port Authority (APB) to have the first electrified quay in southern Europe for connecting ships in port by 2023.

Alongside this is a commitment to use renewable energies, which also includes the use of solar panels.