Port and energy management challenges

01/24/2017 - 15:00-01/24/2017 - 17:00


Fabio Ballini
(World Maritime University )
Aykut Olcer
(World Maritime University )


Energy Management in Ports and Shipyards

Harilaos Psaraftis
Fabio Ballini

Energy management has become a top priority when developing environmental and energy related policies at international and European levels, which is increasingly making ports important energy-saving players. The EU Energy Efficiency Directive of 2012 establishes a set of binding measures to help the EU reach its 20% energy efficiency target by 2020. In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes a bold set of seventeen Global Goals of which goal 7 seeks to ensure that everyone enjoys access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy. Goal 13 encourages urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. These UN Global Goals clearly underscore the importance of energy efficiency.

Ports handle approximately 40% of all commodities in Europe, and according to the Lloyd’s Maritime Intelligence Unit, container-shipping accounts for 52% of the total value of the world’s seaborne trade. The paper will analyse the current port energy scenarios and the regulations that govern them in two study cases and discuss how current regulation and policies (i.e. Energy Efficiency EU Directive, Clean Power Transport Directive 2014/94/EU; ESPO and EcoPorts  Environmental Priority) will effect the ports and port authorities. The paper will also analyze and discuss about the two study cases of ports of Los Angeles and Genoa, which have already adopted a port Energy and Environmental Strategy and implemented a Port Energy Management Plan.