Valenciaport affirms investments tackling climate change

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The President of the Port Authority of Valencia has reaffirmed the commitment of the Port to tackle the effects of climate change with its investment plan.

“Our commitment is firm: 2030, zero emissions”, said Aurelio Martínez, President of the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV).

Valenciaport held a conference on the occasion of World Environment Day, 5 June, where specialists addressed issues such as reducing CO2 emissions, decarbonization, use of hydrogen or the use of LNG.

Part of the Port’s plan will include the construction of an electrical substation as part of the investment plan.

During a webinar organized by Valenciaport in the framework of the “World Environment Day” Martínez highlighted that “the Government of Catalonia has just approved the project for an electrical substation equipped with two 30-megawatt transformers, which will allow us to connect the ships berthed in the port to the network and reduce emissions accordingly.

“Also, the new north terminal of the Port of Valencia will operate 99% with renewable electricity, something that will also be a reality in the Port of Gandía with the photovoltaic energy plant that we are going to build”.

The webinar was inaugurated by the president of the PAV, together with Antonis Michail, director of IAPH for the International Program of Sustainability in Ports and José Luis Muñoz, general director of EIT Climate-KIC Spain.

Michail said that “Spanish ports are very involved in the participation in IAPH projects and active in the presentation of proposals. In fact, two projects from the Port of Valencia are competing for the Association’s sustainability awards.”

Muñoz added, “Valenciaport is taking the lead in the zero target in emissions, highlighting the commitment and involvement of the entire port community.”

Martínez also highlighted the commitment that Valenciaport is making to generate quality employment, encourage innovation towards sustainable projects and favour collaboration with the business world.

The president of the APV has indicated that “the companies that will be located in the ZAL where they will have the maximum electricity of renewable origin, a project that will also generate 2,000 jobs of proximity that will benefit neighbourhoods like Nazareth.

For the PAV, it is a priority to make economic growth and employment generation compatible with absolute respect for the environment”.

Within this framework, the PAV, with the support of the Valenciaport Foundation, is helping companies such as Baleària to adapt their ships for LNG; and companies such as Grimaldi and MSC Terminals are already working on pilot projects that will allow the machines in their terminal yards to work with Hydrogen.

Likewise, and together with Baleària, the Green Ports project is being developed with the aim of measuring, predicting and defining measures to improve the quality of the air and the noise generated in the Port of Valencia. To this end, innovative measurement equipment is being installed to carry out emission and noise measurement campaigns in the dock and along several logistics chains with which predictive models will be designed to anticipate emission and noise peaks and take action in this regard.

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