Port de Barcelona starts a pioneering plan to drastically cut contamination

Environment. As part of the BCN Zero Carbon programme the port will regulate practice to achieve a zero carbon footprint by 2020.

Port de Barcelona has set 2020 as its target for achieving net zero carbon emissions in terms of goods handling and will introduce measures to reduce emissions to a minimum, offsetting its carbon footprint in other areas.

A statement from Port de Barcelona underlined the pioneering nature of the plan to handle its carbon dioxide emissions. Measures will be introduced as part of the BCN Zero Carbon programme, which is made up of three parts. Namely, the calculation of CO2 emissions generated by activity at the port, subsequent action in reducing them, and the purchase of carbon credits generated by reduction projects to offset the port’s own emissions to the point of neutrality.

Maritime transport accounts for 2.7% of greenhouse gas emissions, while the main contaminating gases derive from the energy industry (35%), road transport (21.3%) and the production and construction industry (18.2%). Although some industries in Europe are obliged by law to calculate and cut their greenhouse gas emissions, maritime transport has so far not been regulated. Even so, the European Union has proposed a cut of 40% in the sector’s carbon footprint by 2030.

“Ports are key agents in reducing the carbon footprint of transport as the majority of logistics chains and various types of transport converge at our facilities, so we can help create good practice which favours sustainability” underlined the president of Port de Barcelona, Sixte Cambra.