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DP World and APM Terminals lead the roadmap to accelerate the electrification of port operations

DP World and APM Terminals today announced an initiative to accelerate the decarbonization of the world’s terminals through widespread electrification of container handling equipment (CHE).

The initiative is based on research showing that the tipping point for battery electric CHEs can be reached in the next 2 to 8 years with appropriate actions by industry stakeholders.

The research results and roadmap for CHE electrification are the subject of an industry White Paper, currently supported by Eurogate, the Port of Kalundborg and the Smart Freight Centre.

CHE is a critical enabler of port operations and is used to move containers on and off ships at the world’s 940 container ports. In 2020, CHE’s global fleet transported 815 million TEUs, with a total value of $8.1 trillion. Estimated at 100,000-120,000 units, the global CHE fleet is responsible for 10-15 million tons of carbon dioxide per year.

Keith Svendsen, CEO of APM Terminals, saying,

“We need to accelerate our work on decarbonization, and we need to do it now. I am pleased to say that the research we carry out through Systemiq and ZEnMo strongly supports that a tipping point has been reached for the electrification of [CHE] is within reach in this decade. We now call to action for the entire port ecosystem to accelerate towards this milestone. “It is important for us to stand together and take concrete steps with various industry partners to make this happen.”

Tiemen Meester, director of port and terminal operations, DP World, commented,

“Battery electric equipment in ports is a realistic, achievable and affordable way to dramatically reduce carbon emissions. Throughout my career I have seen many industry players talk about various methods to achieve net zero, but I have never been more convinced by the ability of one tactic to accelerate decarbonization. “I sincerely hope that the entire industry can use the findings of the White Paper to drive real change with electric CHEs.”

The aforementioned research foresees a number of actions that can be taken to reach a tipping point, including making zero-emissions operation a requirement as part of new concessions at ports, and that terminal operators and terminal manufacturers teams work together to increase demand. Additionally, suppliers can work to further develop their supply chains and standardize certain components, with the support of terminal operators.

“Essentially, what we want is to provide a healthier, cleaner and more efficient workplace for the thousands of people who work at the terminals and live in the surrounding communities. And while electrification of container handling equipment is an piece of the puzzle, we believe that “It is a piece that can be addressed relatively more easily and quickly than others if we work together and avoid unnecessary complexities”,

aggregate Sahar Rashidbeigi, Global Head of Decarbonization at APM Terminals.

News source: Dubai Press Office

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