In international news, major European shipping hub, Amsterdam, is shifting towards a new sustainable strategy, which includes the transition away from coal by 2030.
In a recent Climate Action report, port officials said that they are already scaling back coal transhipment volume, which fell 7.5% to 16 million tonnes in 2016.
According to the news report, a further 29% reduction is expected within the next five years, adding that efforts are being focused on encouraging innovative start-ups and investing in clean energy. Read more…
Koen Overtoom, CEO of the Port of Amsterdam, said in a statement: “In pursuing this strategy, we are deliberately and literally making room for the development of new activities and innovations. This is sensible from an economic point of view and more sustainable, as well as promoting employment.”
Clean power promotion to override coal
Climate Action noted that in addition to phasing out coal, the port will also be promoting alternative energy sources.
“The port already exports waste heat to Amsterdam city, and has invested in 100MW of wind energy in addition to building a 100,000 square metre solar array for completion by 2020,” Climate Action said.
The UNEP partner further added: “According to think-tank Climate Analytics, the European Union must end coal burning by 2030 in order to prevent global warming exceeding 2°C – the goal set out by the Paris Agreement.
“Several European countries have already committed to phasing out coal over the next 15 years, in a bid to curb greenhouse gas emissions.” Read more…
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