British Ports Association (BPA) has released a new report, requesting the Government of the UK to increase its support for shore power connections as a feasible tool to meet Net Zero Carbon emissions targets.

The report, titled ‘Reducing Emissions from Shipping in Ports: Examining the Barriers to Shore Power’, states that it is not possible without public investment.

Schneider Electric supports decarbonisation using smart technology.

Portside emissions lead to adverse effects on environment and human health due to heavy carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and noise pollution.

Schneider UK and Ireland Zone president Mike Hughes said: “We welcome the British Ports Association’s report examining the barriers to shore power connections in the UK.

“Research shows that by plugging into the power grid with 100% renewable electricity and turning off their auxiliary diesel engines, ships at berth in the UK could reduce emissions equivalent to taking between 84,000 and 166,000 diesel buses or 1.2 million diesel cars off our roads.

“As we look for ways to support a green recovery, shore-to-ship solutions powered by green energy represent an easy win. We would encourage the government to implement the report recommendations without delay and help ensure we can continue to enjoy the environmental benefits we are currently experiencing whilst supporting the economic recovery.”

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The company is currently working on the country’s maiden large ship-to-shore commercial connection in Stromness, Orkney.

The project aims to provide MV Hamnavoe NorthLink ferry with locally produced ‘green’ electrical power while at berth.

The system is known as ‘cold ironing’ and is expected to reduce the overnight carbon footprint from diesel generators and engines of the vessel.

It will decrease the fuel consumption of MV Hamnavoe by approximately 500t annually.

The company expects that the project will completely pay for itself in a period of three years due to cost savings and efficiency.

Last month, British Ports Association released new data, showing that only 36% of the ports in the UK feel confident about the next 12-month business outlook.