/Sustainability is not something that happens. It is something we create together.

Sustainability is not something that happens. It is something we create together.

Today’s emissions from the transport sector can be reduced by 50% if we move goods from road to the sea. The Port of Oslo organized the environmental conference Greenport Cruise & Congress 2019 in Oslo – Finally, an environmental conference that challenged the participants with useful discussions on how to reach the goal of zero emissions.

Finally, an environmental conference that challenged the participants with useful discussions on how to reach the goal of zero emissions. In short; The goal remains firm, but getting there is not a “quick-fix.”

There was a consensus among the speakers on the following:

  • The challenge is higher than any company – we must seek partnership to reduce the problem – Together, we are stronger!
  • Climate challenges must be tackled together with growth
  • Sustainability must become a competitive advantage

Ambitions, critical times and market orientation

The city of Oslo presented its ambitious climate goals. How working with ambitious climate goals goes hand-in-hand with population growth. The city must be able to handle the increased distribution of goods and transport of people in parallel with reducing emissions.

“We count CO2 as we count money.”
City Council for Business and Ownership, Marthe Scharning Lund

The climate goals is a collaborative with business and industry. The city of Oslo has created a climate budget that is followed up by the municipal agencies. The responsibility for the budget lies within the finance department, not the environmental department, reinforcing that environmental responsibility belongs to all departments, not just one.

Marthe had the following advice to the audience: Follow-through on our action plan, measures are implemented, goals are revised. “Fasten your seatbelts – We are moving.”

«We are entering into a crucial decade for the climate and the oceans. We are entering into a crucial decade for shipping and the IMO.”
Sveinung Oftedal, Department Director in the Ministry of Climate and Environment

SINTEF described climate change and the potential solutions as a “Wicked problem” in the panel discussion. All solutions come with a negative side-effect — a result of supplier- and not market-driven development of potential solutions.

“With regards to Zero emissions, we need to ask ourselves what limitations to emissions do we have, not limitations to the technology.”
Anders Valland, Research Manager, Maritime Energy Systems, SINTEF Ocean

Zero emissions port cities are the key to future sustainable logistics

It is a climate goal in itself to build the zero discharge ports of the future near towns. When sea transport gets the goods as close to people as possible, we can reduce emissions.

Ports are part of the solution for city and country to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Ports with proximity to where people live, reduce the need for transport on the road. The port of Oslo will become a zero discharge port in the long term.

Heidi Neilson, Environmental manager Port of Oslo

By 2030, The Port of Oslo will reduce CO emissions by 85%. The action plan involves interaction with both the city of Oslo and the players in the port. The Port of Oslo is proactive through the use of new technology and improved area efficiency. Emissions must be down both from ships sailing in and out of Oslo and from those at berth. The objective includes emissions from terminal equipment, terminal activity, and transport in and out of the harbor.
The ambition will be handled in parallel with the planned port of Oslo port, 50% more freight, and 40% more passengers by 2030. During the growth period, emissions will drop from 55,000 tonnes per year to approx. 8,000 tons.

“All actors in the port must be aware of cutting greenhouse gases »
City Council for Business and Ownership, Marthe Scharning Lund

The Port of Oslo will invest in zero-discharge solutions that their customers can use. An investment plan for projects to be prioritized this spring is under development.
The action plan for the Port of Oslo is ambitious and requires the will and action of all parties involved.

The world’s first emission-free port

Oslo works to become the world’s first emission-free port The environmental capital of Oslo is one of the world’s leading climate cities. The Port of Oslo promotes and works in partnership with the port’s customers to find solutions that provide high environmental impact.

The environmental capital of Oslo is one of the world’s leading climate cities. The Port of Oslo promotes and works in partnership with the port’s customers to find solutions that provide high environmental impact.

“Oslo is working actively on the green transition and is phasing in zero-emission solutions. The harbor and the city have clear climate targets, the direction is clear, and it will cost to invest in the renewable solutions of the future. We look forward to receiving input from the industry’s leading players in cruises, ports, and logistics solutions when we meet in Oslo.»
Port Director in Oslo, Ingvar M. Mathisen.

An arena for green shipping

GreenPort Cruise & Congress 2019 covers several issues in port and sea transport, including high-tech green solutions, multimodal supply chains, zero-discharge solutions for ports, terminals, and cities. The latest in sustainable development and environmental practices are disseminated, shared, and discussed. Emission cuts and sustainability are a common goal.

Sunset at the Port of Oslo