The port of Rotterdam is by far the most polluted sea port in Europe. This is what the European Transport and Environment Organization (T&E) states on the basis of new research. Shipping at the port is responsible for annual carbon emissions of 13.7 million tons.
According to the research, the emissions associated with shipping in Rotterdam can be compared to nearly four times the carbon dioxide emissions from a coal-fired power plant. In second place comes the port of Antwerp (7.4 million tons), followed by the port of Hamburg (4.7 million tons). Amsterdam is in tenth place with 2.1 million tons.
The study looks at carbon dioxide emissions from shipping around seaports. Emissions from industry around ports (eg from power plants and oil refineries) are not taken into account.
The impact of ports on the climate
The environmental organization wants to use the research to stimulate debate about the impact of ports on climate. According to T&E, the ports themselves could do more to become more sustainable, for example by providing “green” coastal energy. The ships could thus “connect” to the power grid on the shore and shut off the engines.
Last April, the European Parliament already decided that European shipping may not be emitting greenhouse gases by 2050. Shipping companies will already have to pay for the greenhouse gases they emit this year.
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