Port of Antwerp-Bruges gains ISO 50001 certificate

Port of Antwerp-Bruges rewarded with ISO 50001 certificate

The Port of Antwetp-Bruges has received the ISO 50001 certificate for its sustainable energy policy for the fourth time in a row.

In addition to the Antwerp platform, Zeebrugge is also included in the certificate for the first time. A great achievement, two years after the merger.

Since 2011, the electricity that the Port Authority uses for buildings, locks, bridges and shore power for inland vessels has reportedly come from 100 per cent renewable energy sources.

The same applies to the power for the hybrid patrol vessels. The tugboat fleet now has two ships that run on renewable fuels – one on hydrogen and one on methanol – and the first electric tugboat is also on its way.

In recent years, the port authority has invested heavily in the electrification of its vehicle fleet and has continued to focus on energy neutrality in buildings.

Over the last 10 years, the Port of Antwerp-Bruges has achieved savings of:

  • 9.6 per cent on the gas oil of its fleet.

  • 64.8 per cent on the natural gas heating of its buildings.

  • 33.8 per cent on electricity for buildings and public lighting.

  • 27.5 per cent on electricity for bridges and locks.

READ: Port of Antwerp-Bruges joins Sweden-Belgium green shipping corridor

Rob Smeets, COO of Port of Antwerp-Bruges, said: “A sustainability policy is not a short-term story. We have been working for years to concretely translate our ambition to be carbon neutral by 2050.

“We dare to experiment with innovative technologies through trial and error, but we are very pleased that this courage has once again been rewarded.”

Last week, Milence, a joint venture between Daimler Truck, TRATON GROUP, and Volvo Group, opened its largest charging station to date in the Port of Antwerp-Bruges.

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