In the last decade, the European Commission has stressed the urgent need to decarbonise the transport sector. Growing port activities come with an environmental burden that needs to be mitigated through a more sustainable and efficient operational model. In this regard, the GREEN C PORTS project pilots the use of sensors, big data and artificial intelligence to reduce the impact of port operations on their cities, monitor emissions from ports and vessels and optimize performance of port operations in the EU TEN-T Core Network. Through GREEN C PORTS, Port Authorities would be able to control that ships are complying with environmental regulation and would be ready to define incentive schemes and financial bonuses to be applied to those shipping companies whose vessels are truly less polluting.

The project includes 6 pilots aiming to:

  • upgrade existing environmental sensors set with new sensors at the pilot ports of Valencia, Venice and Piraeus;
  • develop a Port Environmental Performance IT platform that will receive real time data from the sensor networks and from existing operating systems in each port (i.e. PCS);
  • decrease port traffic congestion and reduce CO2 emissions by 10% from trucks in the Port of Valencia;
  • optimise vessel calls at the Port of Venice before and after port closure due to bad meteorological conditions;
  • predict air quality and noise levels in the Ports of Valencia and Piraeus and generate notifications to government institutions when certain emission levels will be exceeded;
  • predict how ship-to-shore crane productivity will be affected by waves, currents and wind and sending warnings 48 hours in advance to vessels calling at the Ports of Wilhelmshaven and Bremerhaven;
  • inform shippers about the real emissions generated by their shipments in door-to-door transport chains between the Iberian peninsula and the Balearic Islands.