Porto Itapoá obtains renewable energy certification

Porto Itapoá obtains renewable energy certification

Porto Itapoá has acquired the international accreditation I-Rec (Renewable Energy Certificate), certifying that 100 per cent of the terminal’s electrical energy in 2023 would come from renewable sources.

According to Porto Itapoá, more than 46,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) were consumed last year.

Porto Itapoá’s President, Cássio Schreiner, said: “This is a term used by the international productive sector to designate emissions related to the consumption of electricity acquired from an external supplier.”

In 2023, Porto Itapoá amended its national energy procurement strategy, deciding to use entirely renewable energy in future contracts. The transaction has been certified by I-REC.

Porto Itapoá initiated the Carbon Neutralisation Project in 2023, in collaboration with the Ambipar Group, to offset carbon emissions from consumers. With this, it will become Brazil’s first port to accept carbon credits in its operations.

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The initiative will begin in 2024, allowing terminal customers to purchase carbon credits to offset the emissions from their transactions.

The port achieved for the second time, in the year 2023, the gold seal of the GHG Protocol, a programme implemented in Brazil by the Center for Sustainability Studies of Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGVces) in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment.

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Porto Itapoá is also reportedly developing a project for solar energy capture, with panels already installed for the specific study of solar light incidence in Itapoá.

Schreiner concluded: “The data we have available today concerns the macro-region where we are located, so we need to better understand the particularities of this energy source in our municipality. These data will serve as a basis for future projects, not only for Porto Itapoá, but for all entrepreneurs in the city.”

This month, Porto Itapoá received the widest vessel to dock at its terminal in almost 13 years of operation after welcoming the CMA CGM Búzios ship.

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