The Minister of Employment, Business and Commerce of the Junta de Andalucía, Javier Carnero, the president of the Port Authority of Malaga, Paulino Plata, and the general director of the GAS NATURAL FENOSA Foundation, Martí Solà, inaugurated today in Malaga the seminar ” Smart Ports Energy management in Andalusian ports “as well as the exhibition” Smart Ports: energy, efficiency and sustainability “.
The day brought together more than a hundred professionals and experts who analysed the sustainable energy solutions that smart ports should provide to contribute to the improvement of air quality. Among these measures, the energy self-sufficiency of the ports was analysed thanks to the use of natural gas and renewable energies.
The Minister of Employment, Enterprise and Commerce of the Junta de Andalucía, Javier Carnero, stressed that the Andalusian Government is already working to promote the energy transformation of Andalusian ports, to improve both their competitiveness and the environmental sustainability of maritime transport.
Along the same lines, the General Director of the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation, Martí Solà, highlighted the company’s environmental commitment with the promotion of smart ports. “The efficient development of port nodes will be the main way to achieve sustainable development that ensures a better future. From the Foundation we work to sensitize society and administrations of the importance of knowing the energy environments to take advantage of all the possibilities of development of the cities “.
During the session, the participants agreed on the current needed to carry out solutions that improve air quality. Nine out of ten people on the planet breathe air with high levels of pollution, which cause the death of 7 million people a year, according to the World Health Organization.
In this context, although maritime transport is the most efficient medium, it is also responsible for 15% of global NOx emissions, up to 8% of SOx emissions and 2.5% of emissions of Effect Gases Greenhouse (GEI). For this reason, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has established that, as of January 1, 2020, fuels with sulphur content greater than 0.5% cannot be burned, if cleaning filters are not available. gases or scrubbers.
In this scenario, liquefied natural gas (LNG) is one of the most efficient alternatives to replace fuels that will be banned within two years. This was indicated during his speech by José María Ruiz Antón, Head of Bunkering Development of LNG in Spain and Portugal of GAS NATURAL FENOSA, “LNG does not have sulphur emissions, reduces NOx emissions by 90%, and 99% particle emissions, being one of the cleanest fuels available today.”
The head of Development of Bunkering of LNG Spain and Portugal of GAS NATURAL FENOSA, stressed that the company is one of the main operators of the LNG market in the Atlantic basin and the leader in the Iberian Peninsula where it is developing logistics solutions for the fuel is available in all the ports of the peninsula. In this sense, 125 LNG-powered vessels are currently operating and another 150 are in charge of them. With regard to the transport of goods in a more sustainable manner, large container ships powered by LNG have now been ordered to comply with the new regulation.
General Director of Sales, Wärstsilä Ibérica, Josu Goiogana, explained that the marine industry is in transformation. “We believe that smart technology can provide many opportunities, but from a holistic and systematic approach that not only. Effective collaboration of all agents and a comprehensive global regulatory framework.”
In his speech, José Andrés Giménez, director of Port Security and Energy of the Valenciaport Foundation said, “Ports that evolve rapidly towards the Smart Port concept will be better prepared to adapt to the changing environment of the next few years in both the technological and business perspectives.”
Sea News, May 15