Madeira Port Authority invests in energy efficiency study for Port Funchal

   April 29, 2024 ,   Cruise Industry

The Madeira Port Authority (APRAM) has allocated EUR 14,900 for a study aimed at enhancing the energy efficiency of several key infrastructures within Port Funchal, including Gare Maritima, Gare Cais 6, Centro Nautico de Sao Lazaro, and Cais 8.

According to Paula Cabaco, President of the Madeira Port Authority, the objective is to achieve annual cost savings of ~EUR 35,000 through improved energy efficiency measures. This initiative underscores a serious commitment to environmental sustainability and economic benefits associated with energy efficiency enhancements.

The energy audit will assess building characteristics and energy consumption across various areas such as lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and electronic equipment usage. The study, already underway and expected to last three months, will culminate in energy certification and a comprehensive report outlining recommended measures to reduce electricity consumption and highlight areas for intervention.

Paula Cabaco emphasizes that this study will serve as a crucial planning tool, estimating the investment required to boost energy efficiency across port infrastructures in Funchal.

In addition to proposing specific actions like installing double glazing, improving insulation in critical building areas, replacing conventional lighting with LEDs, upgrading equipment for efficiency, or implementing self-consumption systems, the final report will forecast the anticipated annual savings following the implementation of these measures.

APRAM anticipates achieving a 20 to 25% reduction in energy costs, translating to monthly savings of ~EUR 2300-2800 based on an average monthly electricity expense of EUR 11500 (excluding VAT).

Paula Cabaco emphasizes that the significance of this initiative extends beyond economic considerations, aligning with an overarching environmental sustainability strategy focused on energy efficiency and port decarbonization. She references ongoing APRAM projects such as SHIFT2DC and Green Ports Madeira, which promote sustainable energy alternatives and explore the feasibility of Onshore Power Supply (OPS) and decarbonization infrastructures within ports. OPS technology enables docked ships to switch off engines and connect to the electrical grid, supporting operational continuity while reducing emissions.