As of 1 January 2022, green trucks will be given priority at two terminals in the Port of Gothenburg, allowing them to bypass queues.
Upon entering the Stena Lines Gothenburg-Kiel-terminal or the Gothenburg RoRo Terminal, green trucks will be guided directly to the vessel or to dedicated Green Priority collection and delivery spaces. This applies to all trucks that are battery-powered or have a fuel cell powertrain.
“Our goal is to grow sustainably in partnership with our customers. At Stena Line, we are adopting new measures on a daily basis as part of our sustainable transition, and we will incentivise our customers to follow suit on the road to establishing fossil-free operations,” said Niclas Mårtensson, Chief Executive for Stena Line.
“With the Green Priority Project, we offer defined efficiency benefits to companies but also for our climate, in short, medium, and long term.”
The idea behind this move is to encourage the greening of haulage companies’ vehicle fleets. The terminal operators at the Port of Gothenburg have said it is fair that haulage companies that invest in electrically powered trucks are rewarded with defined efficiency benefits and shorter lead times.
Maria Franksen, Chief Executive of the Gothenburg RoRo Terminal, added “The rationale behind the Green Priority project is to demonstrate how the transition to fossil-free fuels can have a tangible impact on industry. Although the transition of the transport sector as a whole will require far more time and effort, with Green Priority we have a clear, readily accessible concept that is a significant step along the way.
“We have the opportunity and capacity to add an extra green lane at our terminal, and it will be very interesting to see how Green Priority evolves.”
As part of the Tranzero Initiative, where Stena Line, Volvo Group, Scania, and the Gothenburg Port Authority have come together to speed up the energy transition of the haulage sector to fossil-free fuels. The overall goal is to reduce port-related emissions by 70% by 2030.
Port Bronka is also introducing a similar scheme in the new year, announcing discounts on mooring and quay operations for vessels with energy-efficient propulsion.
The port and its operator – Fenix LLC have said they are committed to building a more sustainable future together with their clients.