CLEAN BERTH: carbon footprint and port best practices


The CLEAN BERTH project intends to strengthen the institutional capacity and cross-border governance of the ports of the Programme area with respect to the issues of environmental sustainability and energy efficiency, thus helping to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment.

The need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has also been recognized by CLEAN BERTH's partner ports, which are striving to become "green ports" in line with the EU strategy. The preparation of an emissions inventory represents an important first step for all the port's stakeholders and allows the identification of the activities and devices that produce direct or indirect GHG emissions and the assessment of the quantities of emissions for each activity or source of issue.

The inventory of emissions (GHG) represents an important tool that can also be used to compare the quantities of emissions between terminals or ports, thus allowing to identify critical issues, make the most effective decisions on priority investments and introduce the technological changes useful for reduce the pollution.

The analyzes showed that 77% of CO2 emissions derive from ship traffic, in particular 63% from ships at berth and 14% from ships in maneuver, while the remaining 33% is produced by land traffic, the 10% from port operators and only 4% from heavy vehicles (trucks). These data underline the importance of interventions in the maritime sector, such as the electrification of ports to reduce pollution caused by ships.

Based on the calculation of the carbon footprint for each port, the best practices in terms of environmental sustainability and energy efficiency were then identified.

The results obtained in the first design phase were also presented and quoted at various online events and meetings such as, in chronological order: TRIPLO project partners online round table, ANCHOR&RUMBLE event, SMOOTH PORTS Coordination meeting, CMCC Foundation Workshop, NAPA Ports Meeting, METRO final event and stakeholder meeting.

The documents produced by the CLEAN BERTH partners on the topic of carbon footprint and best practices are available at the following link: