Valencia’s new inland container terminal gets green light from EU

Valencia's new inland terminal gets EU approval

The European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions has said the extension of the Port of Valencia and proposed new inland waterway container terminal complies with environmental legislation.

In a statement, the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) said that according to the Committee the new terminal project fully complies with all laws regarding carbon emissions.

The findings are in addition to a previous report from Puertos del Estado, which said that the new infrastructure does not need a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

PAV described the planned container terminal as a “clear example of an infrastructure that combines sustainability and growth” and as the “most environmentally advanced in the world” once operational.

Almost all – approximately 98% – of the container handling fleets, including cranes and yard equipment, will be powered by electricity, 100% of which will be derived from renewable sources.

The railway aspect of the new terminal will have six 1,000m long tracks with the capacity to move 305,000 TEU a year. The automation of certain processes will create “a technological cluster” around the new hub, the PAV said.

The new port infrastructure will create more than 17,000 new jobs in the period 2022-2023 and around 15,000 between 2024-2026. In 2023 alone, directly, it will offer around 18,500 jobs in addition to those of the port community, a figure which will be higher in 2025, when it will reach 19,800.

Similarly, indirectly, more than 4,200 new jobs will be created in 2023 and 2025, the PAV claimed.

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