Saudi Arabia’s busiest port, Jeddah Islamic Port, is reducing its carbon footprint by cutting back on crane activity and truck turnaround times, with the aim of reducing emissions by 1,046 tonnes in 2023.
The measures are part of the Saudi Ports Authority’s (MAWANI) Green Ports initiative, which aims to cut energy consumption by 15 per cent and electrify equipment and phase out diesel at the Kingdom’s trade hubs.
To achieve its carbon reduction targets, the port will reduce the average yard crane moves for every imported container requiring manual inspection by 33 per cent, and cut truck turnaround times by 17 per cent.
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Mawani’s Green Ports initiative is part of Saudi Arabia’s wider push towards ecological protection, energy transition, and emissions reductions. The country’s national climate action plan, the Saudi Green Initiative, aims to unite the public and private sectors to achieve these goals.
In February, MAWANI and Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry agreed to establish an integrated logistics park at Al Khumrah, south of Jeddah.
The logistics development, worth SAR1 billion ($266.5 million), aims to enhance MAWANI’s position as a major player in the national transportation sector and boost the Kingdom’s drive to become a global logistics destination.