Ports have a major role in helping the maritime industry transition to net zero by 2050. The Port of Aberdeen, in particular, is a crucial player in international energy, trade, and tourism, and is a key enabler within the local, regional, and national supply chains.
A recent study carried out by a team of partners including; Port of Aberdeen, Buro Happold, Connected Places Catapult, and Energy Systems Catapult, aimed to understand future power demands, low carbon energy supply sources, and developed a roadmap for implementation to decarbonise port operations.
The study explored green alternative power sources and technologies to power port and third-party owned equipment, including road vehicles, cranes, reach stackers, tugs, pilot boats, and quayside infrastructure. In addition, high-level future energy demands were mapped out to gain a comprehensive understanding of the requirements moving forward.
The results of this study have wider implications across the UK port sector and align with the emissions reductions goals published in the Department for Transport’s Clean Maritime Plan of 2019. The study also has strong connections to both the Shore Power Feasibility Study 2021 and the Outline Business Case 2021-2022 carried out at Port of Aberdeen.
This summary aims to highlight all of the project work and outputs and share information that will be helpful for other UK ports on their net zero journey. The summary also lists how the project partners can support ports on their journey and enable the UK maritime sector to take the lead on the decarbonisation journey.
In conclusion, the Port of Aberdeen and its partners are leading the way in decarbonising port operations, and their work will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the UK’s transition to net zero by 2050. As the maritime industry continues to evolve and adapt, it is crucial that ports play their part in reducing emissions and creating a more sustainable future for all.