The port of Antwerp is Belgium’s largest economic engine. We want future generations to be able to enjoy the prosperity and the many jobs that the port creates too. This is why we are building Europe’s most sustainable port, reconciling economic, social and ecological interests. We are building a home port as a lever for a sustainable future. That means growing the port in a sustainable way, in harmony with society and the environment in which the port operates.
To achieve this goal, we are continuously pushing our boundaries with innovations that make our port greener, keep it accessible and lead the way in a digital world. By 2030, we want goods to be transported in a more sustainable way, for example by making more use of rail, inland navigation and pipelines. We also want to achieve a transition to a circular and low-carbon economy. Along with our partners, we are pioneering towards 2030.
The Antwerp Port Authority aspires that all new terminals in the port area will be operated with near-zero local emissions and that emissions of all port equipment at existing terminals are reduced towards zero in the coming decades. To make that aspiration a reality, a roadmap will be drafted in 2021, that will guide the port community in introducing zero-emission technologies such as electrification and hydrogen-based technology.
The Port Authority also aspires that the atmospheric emissions from moored ships at container terminals do not increase further due to future expansion projects. In line with the European Green Deal we neither specify nor exclude any technology to that end. Nevertheless, we are working towards the deployment of shore power installations at all tidal container terminals in the period 2025-2030.