Ports: Green gateways to Europe

Report by DNV GL with input from Eurelectric

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Ports can play a pivotal role in the world’s decarbonisation challenge as natural hotspots for sector coupling and energy system integration. They will become the frontrunners of the energy transition, if port authorities and industry sectors join forces.

A new report Ports: Green Gateways to Europe – written by DNV GL with input from Eurelectric - provides vital insights that can inspire the power sector and all stakeholders active in and around ports to create strategies and explore their decarbonisation potential.

The report outlines 10 Green Transitions that are key to decarbonising ports, and reveals:

  • The electrification and decarbonisation potential in European ports, including a variety of industries and water transport
  • How stakeholders can transform and decarbonise ports and co-located industries
  • The existing barriers and the measures, including regulatory, economic and technical ones, necessary to unleash this potential
  • The policies recommended for accelerating the decarbonisation of ports through electrification

Ports: Green gateways to Europe

Ports: Green gateways to Europe

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Executive summary

Ditlev Engel

Ditlev Engel

CEO, DNV GL – Energy

"The global challenges of climate change, environmental degradation and pollution requires decarbonisation of all industry sectors. At the intersection of land and sea where many industry sectors are coming together, ports can play a pivotal role and be a blueprint for the rest of society. Governments need to incentivise port authorities and energy players to facilitate the development of energy infrastructure across multiple energy carriers in ports. First movers and those who manage to cooperate should be rewarded by relevant government policies. Fast action is needed to secure a more sustainable future."

Kristian Ruby

Kristian Ruby

Secretary General of Eurelectric

"The energy transition holds a huge potential for European ports. Offshore renewable energy will be a major driver of business and employment. And by electrifying operations, ports can drastically reduce both air pollution and carbon emissions."