The Port of Antwerp aims to transit to a circular, low-carbon economy and sustainable energy is an important aspect. Under this, on July 25th the Port Authority was awarded ISO 50001 certification for the second time in a row. A plan has now been drawn up for the next three years to concentrate on energy efficiency.
The Port of Antwerp was the first ever company of its kind to obtain ISO 50001 certification, in 2015. Now for the three-year cycle from 2015 to 2017 inclusive the Port Authority has once more obtained an ISO 50001 certificate.
The Port has now created an energy policy statement for the next three-year period (2018 - 2020). The ambition is to improve the energy efficiency of the authority's buildings and installations so as to reduce the in-house CO2 emissions by 10%. In addition the CO2 emissions of the authority's own fleet of boats will be reduced by around 5% per tugging operation between now and the end of 2020. Within the Port Authority an energy team has been set up to implement the energy management.
In addition, the Port will introduce more energy-efficient tugs and electric-powered vehicles and transport equipment, while using renewable energy in buildings and in the lock complexes, drawn from solar panels and heat pumps. Moreover, all energy consumption will be systematically monitored.
Günther Willems, Operations Manager Belgium DNV GL, commented on the occasion:
"Antwerp Port Authority has a system that gives a good view of the current performance, making it possible to take the necessary measures to reduce CO2 emissions and achieve energy savings. The internal and external communication, along with the resources being allocated, demonstrate that the management is seriously committed to achieving the clearly formulated objectives and so to remain a leader in this sector."