Finland's Port Turku setting 2029 carbon neutral goal

   September 4, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

In June, Port Turku (Finland) aligned with the climate initiative of Turku City, which has set a goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2029.

The port has a long history of systematic environmental efforts. One of the primary objectives within its environmental program, extending until 2025, is to contribute to climate change mitigation as part of Turku's journey towards becoming a carbon-neutral urban area. The target is to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 40% between 2008-2025.

The overarching aim is to minimize the environmental impact of port operations on the land, sea, and air. The port's activities are consistently guided by the city's climate plan and the European Union's 'Fit for 55' objectives.

Their approach to climate action involves transitioning towards carbon neutrality by investing in renewable energy and the electrification of operations. They have procured renewable electricity for port use. The port's vehicle fleet, including vans and other machinery, has been switched to electric options available in the market. Additionally, they have installed electric vehicle charging stations within the harbor area. In cases where electrification isn't feasible, biodiesel will be employed.

The commitment to prioritize climate work in all aspects of their operations is fundamental. While it often requires financial investments, these efforts are expected to yield cost-effective results over time.