- GREEN4SEA Port Award recognizes the work developed by the port of Valencia in environmental matters and specifically the H2Ports pilot project with which the Valencian site has become the first in Europe to use hydrogen in its terminals.
- Among the nominees in the same category were the ports of Amsterdam, Helsinki, Montreal and San Diego.
València– The Port of Valencia received the GREEN4SEA Port Award 2019 last night in environmental matters for its H2Ports project, a pilot initiative that will make the port of Valencia the first in Europe to use hydrogen in its terminals.
The ceremony of delivery was celebrated last night in Athens (Greece), in a gala in which the ports of Amsterdam, Helsinki, Montreal and San Diego were nominated in the same category. Francesc Sánchez, general director of the Port Authority of Valencia (APV), and Federico Torres, director of Environment and Security of the APV were responsible for collecting the prize.
Francesc Sanchez thanked the organization for the recognition and noted that “the H2Ports project is part of the energy strategy of the Port Authority of Valencia for a model of” zero emissions “within port activities. This project will be followed by others that will allow the implementation of renewable energies and new storage technologies in the ports. These initiatives demonstrate the strong commitment of Valenciaport to the energy transition and to sustainability “. In this sense, Francesc Sánchez has also pointed out that “the implementation of” green “initiatives has already resulted in a 17% reduction in the carbon footprint while traffic has grown by 24%.”
In addition to evaluating the propelling work of the port of Valencia in the use of renewable energies, the GREEN4SEA award has taken into account other factors such as: the participation of private companies such as MSC Terminal Valencia, Grimaldi Group, Hyster-Yale, Atena, Ballard Power Systems Europe and ENAGAS, the use of machinery propelled by hydrogen in the terminals, as well as the planned investment of 4 million euros.
The distinction of Valenciaport with such outstanding international recognition, for its plans for the application of alternative energies, is a stir for the technicians of the Port Authority, the Valenciaport Foundation, the companies that collaborate in the project and the Community Port in general.
The H2Ports project, which is part of Valenciaport’s strategic plan for renewable energy development, makes the Valencian port area the first in Europe to incorporate hydrogen energy to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. A reach stacker for loading / unloading and transporting containers and a terminal tractor for ro-ro operations will be the first machines powered by hydrogen batteries that will operate in real conditions in the Valencian enclave. In addition, the pilot project also includes the installation of a mobile hydrogen supply station, or “hydrogenera”, which in the initial phase of the project will work in the Grimaldi (Valencia Terminal Europa) and MSC terminals in the Port of Valencia.
Besides the port of Valencia, this edition of GREEN4SEA Award has counted in the Port Awards category with the nomination of the ports of Amsterdam, Helsinki, Montreal and San Diego. In particular, the adhesion to green initiatives by the port of Amsterdam has been highlighted; the implementation of environmental projects developed in the port of Helsinki; the commitment of the port of Montreal in terms of technology, as well as the initiatives to reduce the use of oil and the emissions set in motion in the port of San Diego.
Framed in the commitment of GREEN4SEA with the Environmental Excellence these awards recognize 4 years ago 8 winners in the categories:
GREEN4SEA Port Award, GREEN4SEA Clean Shipping Award, GREEN4SEA Initiative Award, GREEN4SEA Technology Award, GREEN4SEA Tanker Operator Award, GREEN4SEA Dry Bulk Operator Award, GREEN4SEA Personality Award and GREEN4SEA Leadership Award.