APM Terminals Uruguay Becomes 90% Emission Free


APM Terminal Inland Services Uruguay (also known as Montevideo Port Services SA) have made large steps towards becoming emission free as 648 solar panels were turned on this month.

The solar panels are capable of producing 228.6 MWh per year, enough to meet 90% of the facilities entire annual consumption.

The switchover to the renewable energy source will reduce Inland Services Uruguay’s CO2 emissions by approximately 50 tonnes per year.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency it would take around 1,300 seedling trees 10 years to absorb this amount of CO2.

The 648 solar panels took 45 days to install, and will be used to power facility-wide operations, including container operations such as reefer plugs, pre-trip inspections, and repairs.

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General Manager of Inland Services Argentina & Uruguay, Juan Robatto, said: “We’re proud to celebrate this milestone, which sets the benchmark for sustainability in Uruguay and sends the right signal to all our stakeholders about our commitment to tackling climate change.

“We’re now able to offer our customers a competitive as well as completely green product.”

The energy switch has been received positively by the terminal operator’s customers, including shipping liner Hapag Lloyd.

Port Operations Coordinator for Hapag Lloyd, Eduardo Lanaro, commented: “Hapag Lloyd significantly values that logistics suppliers have management systems in place to minimize carbon emissions.

“We appreciate this APM Terminals initiative, which is totally aligned with our values on environmental care.”

In 2016, APM Terminals Mumbai installed solar panels capable of producing more than 500 MWh, with plans to continue expanding capacity — a significant achievement in India where approximately 70% of electrical power is generated by burning fossil fuels.

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