The GREEN EFFORTS, "Green and Effective Operations at Terminals and in Ports", is a collaborative research project, co-funded by the European Commissions under the Seventh Framework Programme, aiming at the reduction of energy consumption and improving a clear energy mix in the seaports and at terminals.
Existing and upcoming stricter air quality standards and regulations together with the need to reduce energy consumption are raising ports and terminals' awareness of their carbon footprint. Moreover, sustainable freight transport requires integrating the energy consumption and the emissions caused by the terminal operations into overall chain considerations. Through research and development, the GREEN EFFORTS project will contribute to greener energy management in ports and terminals, as crucial nodes within intermodal transport chains, by developing strategic planning instruments for cargo terminal managers and port authorities to reduce the carbon footprint of seaports and inland harbors.
A well-coordinated and balanced set of technical, operational and attitude-oriented measures will be investigated according to detailed knowledge of terminal and port processes. The consortium of eight partners are involved collaboratively in the project will examine how a broad range of measures in strategic energy management can be employed to make port operations more energy-efficient and environmental-friendly.