PORT OF KIEL describes the path to climate neutrality by 2030

PORT OF KIEL describes the path to climate neutrality by 2030

November 24, 2021 | The three-stage plan specifies the port's BLUE PORT concept                      

The PORT OF KIEL has set itself the goal of year 2030 reduce all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions it causes to zero. The path to climate neutrality is described in a three-step plan that concretizes the BLUE PORT concept for the port and was presented on November 24 with the first presentation of the environmental report. Dr. Dirk Claus, Managing Director PORT OF KIEL: “We support the climate protection goals of the state capital Kiel and play a pioneering role in terms of CO2 reduction. At the end of this decade, the port will be climate-neutral. ”The port's three-stage plan provides for 60 percent of the energy requirements of ships calling at Kiel to be covered with green electricity in the coming year. For the year 2025, 80 to 90 percent are planned before all activities of the PORT OF KIEL will be climate neutral in 2030 through the interplay of various measures. Immissions from nitrogen oxides and particles are also further reduced by the measures introduced. The emissions are currently well below the applicable limit values. 

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Mein Schiff 1 in the port of Kiel

The environmental report shows that the PORT OF KIEL avoided over 2020 tons of CO6.200 in 2. Almost 18.800 tons were emitted in the reporting period. Dirk Scheelje, chairman of the PORT OF KIEL supervisory board and member of the parliamentary group of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen: “With the submission of the environmental report, emissions are quantified for the first time and thus transparent.” All port facilities are currently closed 100 percent climate neutral supplied with green electricity. In addition, the energy requirement at the terminals was reduced in the long term by switching to economical LED technology and increasing energy efficiency. At the same time, photovoltaic systems deliver around 290.000 kilowatt hours of solar energy every year. Further energy policy measures: The PORT OF KIEL compensates the “footprint” of its business air travel and is gradually converting its own vehicle fleet to electric drive. Incentives are set for customers in order to promote the process of decarbonisation.

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Port of Kiel

Shore power is a key element in reducing emissions in Kiel. After a first system for onshore power supply went online in May 2019 at the Norwegenkai, a second, larger system was put into operation at the Ostseekai in June of this year. From there, the Stena Line ferries are regularly supplied with green electricity. For the first time with the "AIDAsol" and the "Aida Prima“Two cruise ships connected to the green electricity supply. The PORT OF KIEL has created the infrastructural basis so that ferries and cruise ships in the city port can do without harmful emissions. The intention is to handle 60 to 80 cruise calls at the Ostseekai in a climate-neutral manner in the following year. The construction of an additional shore power system is planned for the Ostuferhafen. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is promoting the establishment of a digital test field in the port to make processes at the freight terminals even more efficient. On the basis of a 5G campus network, operational processes are optimized and made more sustainable. In this way, climate-neutral growth in port handling is supported by innovative IT technology.   

Individual measures of the PORT OF KIEL to reduce emissions:

  • Shore power supply at Ostseekai, Schwedenkai, Norwegenkai and in future Ostuferhafen
  • Procurement of green electricity from exclusively renewable, climate-neutral sources
  • Electrification of the vehicle fleet including the industrial trucks
  • Alternative energy generation by operating our own photovoltaic systems  
  • Conversion to LED lighting technology on all terminal systems
  • Increasing the efficiency of operational processes through digitization 
  • Compensation for business air travel via Atmosfair 
  • Collective environmental discounts as an incentive for climate-friendly transformation



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