Le Havre works towards a greener future

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 12:53 by ce-press

HAROPA Le Havre (HLH) launched a shore power strategy 2019, firstly prioritising cruiseships, whose terminal is located close to the city, with a goal for completion during 2022/2023.

In terms of river traffic, the project consists of deploying a network of 78 new terminals allowing distribution of electricity and water to river boats (in addition to the 13 HLH terminals already in use) along the Seine axis.

When it comes to alternative fuels, among those being targeted are LNG; compressed natural gas (CNG), a now mature and widespread solution for land-based mobility; and hydrogen (H2), a fuel of the future at a much less advanced stage of development.

To contribute to the decarbonisation of maritime and river transport activities, HLH is partnering with the World Port Climate Action Plan and joining the Getting to Zero Coalition. The latter aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2050 from shipping. To achieve this, the members of this coalition are committed to help with the commissioning of zero-emission vessels and fuels by 2030.

The strategic objectives set for the period 2020-2025 are: 50 mW of photovoltaic electricity generation in 2025; reducing consumption by 15% by 2025 and 40% by 2040; deployment of solutions to supply docked vessels with OPS and other alternative energy modes for the cruise terminal and, in particular, certain roro terminals or container activities; 100% of port equipment using alternative fuels or electricity by 2040; increased supply of alternative fuels to ships; sharing best practices; and becoming a positive-energy port in 2040

In 2008, as part of the World Port Climate Conference, HLH was one of the six founding ports behind the Environmental Ship Index (ESI), which rewards shipowners who use ships with the least impact on air quality. It remains a member of the international working group on the development of the ESI, which aims to recruit new ports in the use of this index, and to increase the number of vessels signed up to the ESI (currently more than 8,000 ships, or 10% of the world's commercial fleet).
Le Havre works towards a greener future
Dumont d'Urville and river ships in Le Havre (c) HAROPA Le Havre

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