The ESPO-EFIP study on the implications of the changing energy landscape on Europe’s ports was released and presented at ESPO’s Annual Conference in Valencia. The report comprehensively analyses the impact of the different studied developments with regards to the linked supply chains, connectivity needs and capacity requirements. The port analyzes the optimal profiles for each conceivable pathway or port development, taking into account the great variety of ports.

The European Sea Ports Organisation and the European Federation of Inland Ports hope that this study will raise knowledge and awareness of the varied consequences of the energy transition on ports, as well as the numerous responsibilities that port management bodies can play.

17 factsheets on the impact of the energy transition on ports and port controlling bodies have been prepared by Royal HaskoningDHV consultants. The study was commissioned to look into the value of ports to the economy and community as a whole. It is built on a three-layer framework, divided into three layers, that includes steps to reduce carbon emissions within the port as well as activities that are closely related to the port. The first layer focuses on the steps taken within the port to reduce carbon emissions. The second area of concentration is the energy transition in the port area as a whole. The third layer addresses the importance of ports to the greater economy and communities in the future energy transition.

“We hope that by conducting this research, we will be able to aid ports in determining their own unique course.” “We hope this study serves as a platform for continued thinking and discussion among ESPO members, with the greater port community, and with policymakers,” says ESPO chair Annaleena Mäkilä. We also believe that this study will be useful to policymakers who wish to learn more about the role of ports in the energy transition and the implications for ports.

“Energy transition is a highly relevant challenge for our world, as energy is both part of the problem and the solution for climate change. It has been our pleasure to work on this important study and we express our gratitude to the secretariats and management of ESPO and EFIP as well as experts from the community of members.”

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