Helsinki Port implements energy-efficiency initiatives to achieve 2024 Carbon Neutrality Goal

   July 7, 2024 ,   Cruise Industry

The Port of Helsinki (Finland) is implementing a series of measures to reduce energy consumption and achieve carbon neutrality in its operations by next year. This strategy includes sourcing energy from low- or zero-emission providers and engaging in carbon offsetting initiatives.

Andreas Slotte, head of sustainable development at the port, stated that they have successfully reduced emissions from their operations to less than half of what they were in 2015, the reference year for the Port of Helsinki’s carbon neutrality program. This reduction has been achieved through various energy efficiency improvements and the procurement of carbon-free electricity.

Key measures include enhancing the energy efficiency of buildings, optimizing the recycling and recovery of heating energy, and transitioning to LED lighting in harbor fields and properties. Additionally, the port has increased its own solar power generation capabilities. Since 2020, the port has been procuring carbon-free electricity. Slotte added that next year, they will also switch to using renewable district heating, with the origin certified by the Finnish Energy Authority’s Guarantee of Origin.

Despite these efforts, a small portion of the port’s carbon emissions will still need to be offset. These include emissions from a few remaining non-electric vehicles, less than ten work machines, and business trips. The port is also targeting a 25% reduction in vessel emissions by 2030, which includes implementing onshore power supply (OPS). Currently, four connections are available for ferries, and plans are in place to enable three large cruise ships to connect at the West Harbour cruise quays by the end of the decade. However, the high cost of installation necessitates long-term commitment from cruise lines and potential funding from the EU.

In terms of operational activity, the port recorded 99 ship calls this year, up from 90 in 2023, though still below the more than 300 calls in 2019. The high utilization rates of the ships indicate a robust business outlook. Looking ahead, calls are expected to reach 110 next year.