For the second year in a row, industry in the Port of Rotterdam has released less CO2 into the atmosphere. This becomes clear from new figures presented by the Dutch Emissions Authority. The sector has reduced its emissions by 13.6%, namely 4.2 million tonnes over the course of the past two years. The key driver of this decrease is the closure of several outdated coal-fired plants in mid-2017.
The industry in the port of Rotterdam emits less CO2 for the second year in a row, according to information from the Dutch Emission Authority. In a two-year-period, port of Rotterdam’s CO2 emissions experienced a reduction of 13.6%. What is striking about the the Authority’s figures is that refineries emitted 6.6% (0.6 million tonnes) less CO2 in 2018 than in 2016.
The past weeks, many were the companies interested in taking part in the Porthos CO2 transport and storage project in Rotterdam. The project is an initiative of EBN, Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. The goal of the project is to achieve a generally accessible transport and storage infrastructure into which multiple parties can supply CO2.
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As part of its efforts to tackle climate change, Danish shipping giant Maersk announced it will join forces with members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC) to take a tangible step towards decarbonization of ocean shipping.
APM Terminals Barcelona, Spain has increased reefer capacity by 31%. The electrical capacity of the terminal has also been enhanced, leading to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 600 tonnes per annum. In addition, 152 reefer plugs have been added at the terminal, increasing the total to 677. New reefer racks facilitate reefers to be stacked up to 4 containers high.
The European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) says technologies and techniques for removing CO2 from the atmosphere are becoming even more significant with the failure to reverse the growth in global emissions. However, it re-emphasizes that mitigation must remain the highest priority, including the rapid development of viable CCS technology..
In its new Energy Outlook for 2019, BP foresees that carbon emissions increase further, with the power sector the main source of emissions. In the ET scenario, CO2 emissions from energy use continue to edge up through much of the Outlook, increasing by around 7% by 2040.
Port of Rotterdam Authority, Gasunie and EBN are preparing a Carbon Capture Usage and Storage project, in which CO2 from industry will be transported to storage sites in depleted gas fields deep beneath the North Sea seabed. The three companies are cooperating on preparing this project, under the name Porthos: Port of Rotterdam CO₂ Transport Hub & Offshore Storage.
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