The Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) has laid out new ambitious decarbonisation targets and a detailed plan to meet its 2040 net-zero aim.
The announcement took place during a roundtable discussion led by ACT CEO Soren Jensen, in the presence of Hussein Al Safadi, Head of APM Terminals in Africa and Middle East, alongside other key stakeholders.
In a recent report, the terminal laid out three practical steps to achieve its vision and detailed how it plans to invest over $50 million throughout its decarbonisation journey. These steps included:
- Optimising energy consumption across terminal operations by implementing best practice and upgrading technology.
- Phasing out non-renewable energy use by electrifying equipment and conducting necessary civil works.
- Expanding access to renewables and securing a local supply of clean energy, where a major step is the expansion of ACT’s on-site solar installation.
“We are proud to confirm our commitment to industry-leading reductions of greenhouse gas emissions of 70 per cent by 2030, to reach net-zero by 2040, which is sooner than both the Paris Agreement and Jordan’s national target,” said Jensen.
“We are determined to do our part, in cooperation with our customers and partners in Jordan, and assume a leading role in the Kingdom’s transition towards a greener and more sustainable future.”
Safadi added: “ACT is a role-model for Public Private Partnerships in Jordan and the decarbonisation roadmap presented is a testament to this. We are proud of the work done and will provide all necessary support to make sure it succeeds to ensure we leave behind a sustainable planet for the next generation.
“The strong collaboration and long relations between APM Terminals, ADC, and ASEZA in enabling Jordanian importers and exporters to integrate with the world through ACT will continue to be expanded as we collaborate to deliver on our sustainable vision for Aqaba.”
Back in September last year, ACT received new container handling equipment as part of its five-year replacement plan.
The new additions included four empty container handlers and one reach stacker, all of which aim to improve the handling of containers at Aqaba Port.