Clean Air in Ports

Foto: Lampe/NABU(c) NABU/Lampe
(c) NABU/Lampe
(c) NABU/Lange

Many European cities consistently exceed EU-limit values for air pollutants as for PM, NOx, or SO2. This is especially the case in port cities, where the ports contribute massively to air pollution. But it is not only the ships that pollute the air with emissions from fuels that are a thousand times dirtier than road fuels. In the operating range of ports, shunting locomotives, wharfage cranes or heavy truck traffic from the logistics sector are additional significant emitters.

Although some measures for air pollution control are already being discussed or even implemented, ports are mostly exempted from these measures. Rigorous and effective legal measures – national or European – are not on the horizon. However, worldwide there are some good examples of how ports can foster a better quality of air without incurring economic disadvantages: Possible measures are an air quality strategy, cold ironing, alternative drive technologies such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) or electric mobility (powered by renewable energies), taxes or port fees.

With its commitment to the EU-project Clean Air, the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union, NABU wants to contribute to cleaner air in European ports in order to protect the environment, the climate and the health of local residents. The project invites port-stakeholders to six workshops in major European ports, along with people who work in ports, live nearby, work to protect the environment in ports, companies that do business in ports, that own a port (or parts of it) and political decision makers who deal with clean air issues regarding ports. The workshops aim is to collect and discuss possible measures, compile best-practice-examples and debate local barriers, challenges and opportunities for cleaner air in ports.

The project aims to encourage networking between port-related stakeholders on clean air issues. The results and conclusions of the workshops will be integrated into a working paper that in the end will be published as a brochure with measures and best practices for “Clean Air in Ports” and distributed among the participants and other interested stakeholders.

The highlights of the campaign are the six workshops that are held throughout the duration of the Clean Air Project. The first workshop took place on February 8th 2013 in Hamburg. In 2013, another workshop was held in Antwerp. In 2014 there were two workshops already: in London and Copenhagen the European Green Capital2014. Barcelona will be held in October and the last workshop will take place in 2015 in Gdansk, Poland.

More about the workshops & results

The results of the workshop will be integrated into the working paper, which is updated constantly throughout the duration of NABU EU LIFE+ project “Clean Air in Ports” until midst 2015 and can be downloaded here.
Download Working Paper PDF (373 KB)