Incheon Port Authority – Net Zero Game Changer Initiatives

The Incheon Port Authority aims to become a Net-Zero port by 2050 by implementing comprehensive plans and long-term strategies. One of its major goals is to reduce GHGs by 50% by 2035. To achieve this ambitious goal, IPA has established 3 Eco visions, 3 strategic directions, and 9 strategic tasks. Based on these strategies, the port is focusing on three sectors: Maritime, Vehicle/Port Equipment, and Renewable Energy.

In the Maritime sector, the Incheon Port has implemented initiatives to reduce air pollutants and reliance on fossil fuels. These initiatives include programs like the Vessel Speed Reduction Program (VSR), the introduction of Alternative Maritime Power Supply (AMP), and the replacement of old diesel ships with LNG vessels. Container ships participating in the VSR program can reduce fine dust emissions by 60%. In addition, using AMP supply helps improve air quality by reducing emissions and other air pollutants by up to 97% and GHGs by 40% while vessels are berthed. The transition to LNG-fueled vessels further contributes to emission reductions in the maritime sector.

In the Vehicle/Port Equipment sector, the Incheon Port has made significant efforts to reduce carbon emissions. These initiatives include implementing an Aged Vehicle Management System, conducting inspections and filter cleaning services, and installing SCR-DPF devices which achieve an 80% reduction in fine dust emissions in port equipment. These measures help reduce harmful pollutants released into the environment from diesel engine exhaust, enhancing air quality and promoting sustainability at the port.

In the Renewable Energy sector, the Incheon Port has taken significant steps towards sustainability by installing solar plants and establishing a cold chain cluster to harness renewable energy sources. These efforts aim to lower environmental impacts and minimize greenhouse gas emissions. The solar plants generate a substantial amount of electricity (4.58MW), providing enough power to thousands of households. At the same time, the cold chain cluster utilizes LNG cold thermal energy for electricity generation, driving 30% cost reductions and supporting a low-carbon and eco-friendly port ecosystem.

The transformation into a Net-Zero green port is crucial in the broader global context. Incheon Port remains dedicated to ongoing initiatives to achieve a green, Net-Zero, pollution-free port, aligning with international trends in carbon neutrality and sustainability within the port industry.