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28 May 2015

Robert Howe, bremenports: European ports have to be more active in supporting climate protection

Participating at the European Seaports Conference, ESPO, at Athens on Friday 22nd, May 2015, Robert Howe, Managing Director of the port management company bremenports GmbH & Co. KG applies to the European ports to intensify support of climate protection. “Reduced energy consumption in public port operation as well as in port organizations unburdened the environment and reduces the costs. Furthermore reduced energy consumption agrees with the actual political resolution of the European parliament to reduce greenhouse gases until 2030 up to 40 %. Also active climate protection improves being competitive for locations and companies.

Howe asked for intensifying use of renewable energies within European maritime transport centers to ensure that ports will be able to supply reduced emission of climate wrecking-gases. “A maritime location supporting slending resources will be open for new technologies, invests, scientific research and development projects.”

“The reduction of climate gases is a question of quality for sea ports”, stated Howe. “Locations near the coasts will be confronted more and more with a rising sea level within the next years”. Howe pointed out that international ports shouldn’t be part of the problem, but part of the solution. “The most effective energy is those we are not consuming.”

In accordance with other players like logistics companies BLG and Eurogate bremenports is working on reduction of the influence of the ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven on to the climate change since a few years.

In 2008 the government of the German State of Bremen signed the ”World Ports Climate Declaration“ where worldwide maritime locations admits reduction of greenhouse gases. Meanwhile bremenports is able to analyze carbonic aced gas emission in its own facilities as well as in direct influenceable port areas. In 2013 carbon dioxide emissons decreased by 502 tons down to 3,293 tons. The decrease of 13 % resulted mainly of using renewable energies – so called green electricity.

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