A practical guide to decarbonizing ports - Catalogue of innovative solutions


Ports will play a pivotal role in Europe’s decarbonization agenda. The complex cross-section of industries facilitated by and operating within ports has huge potential for significantly reducing Europe’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and aiding the transition to clean energy. Alongside traditional port activities such as cargo, logistics and supporting the shipping industry, the larger ports, or “mini-cities” also support energy‑intensive industries such as chemicals, cement, and manufacturing, and some support the energy industry itself in the form of energy generation, import and export, and energy grids. All of these industry “clusters” present a range of pathways towards decarbonization and the transition to clean energy.

Due to the complex, multifaceted nature of ports, a coordinated strategy and a multi-pronged approach between port authorities and all stakeholders within ports will be vital to maximize the uptake of carbon-neutral technologies. Ports will need to utilize a whole range of actions across all business areas to significantly reduce their emissions. Innovative technology already exists to enable significant gains in this space, and early uptake can harness a strong competitive advantage for those forward-thinking ports.

The list of solutions provided by the portfolio of EIT InnoEnergy is categorized into the following seven different clusters:

  • Maritime industry
  • Logistics
  • Industry in ports
  • Energy production
  • Maintenance
  • Clean energy for buildings
  • Emissions and other impacts

Within these seven clusters, a number of practical and innovative solutions to include in port decarbonization strategies are included.

EIT InnoEnergy encourages port authorities and stakeholders to actively explore the solutions outlined in this brochure.

European ports have already undertaken promising initiatives which demonstrate what EIT InnoEnergy can achieve in this space with cutting-edge technologies.

Contact KiNNO Consultants Ltd., the EIT InnoEnergy representative in Greece and Cyprus to learn more about practical and innovative solutions of EIT InnoEnergy for Ports.

Contact person:

  • Stamatis Mitropoulos - BUSINESS ANALYST – Coordinator & First Point of Contact of EIT InnoEnergy HUB Greece and Cyprus.

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