Top 10 environmental priorities for E.U. ports

The European Sea Ports Organisation has released the results of its recent environmental review during the PORTOPIA conference in Lisbon. As in 2013, air quality remains the number one priority of European ports

Posted:  5 April 2016

The focus on air quality is in line with the priority given to the issue at E.U. political level with the implementation of the Sulphur Directive. The Directive stipulates that as of January 1, 2015, E.U. Member States have to ensure that ships in the Baltic, the North Sea and the English Channel are using fuels with a sulfur content of no more than 0.10 percent.

Overall, all the priorities of the 2013 top 10 remain in the top 10 of 2016. Energy consumption becomes the second priority issue of European ports. Since 2009, the importance of energy consumption has raised year over year. One of the reasons is the direct link between energy consumption and the carbon footprint of the ports and climate change.

To read the full report, see here.