A sustainable energy port, strongly connected to its surroundings and the climate - one that truly contributes to a cleaner living environment; It is our goal to make this a reality by 2030. Clean shipping will play a huge part in facilitating this. That is why we are currently working towards emission-free shipping in the North Sea Canal area by 2050.
Find out more on how we plan to reach this ambitious goal in our Clean Shipping Vision.
Clean Shipping Vision
Our ambitions, goals, and actions have all been documented in our new Clean Shipping Vision. This vision captures our plans to reduce CO2 emissions, amongst other things. Furthermore, the vision states that all sea cruise vessels that dock quayside must be emission-free by 2030 and that all shipping in the port of Amsterdam must be emission-free by 2050. By collectively working towards this goal with the entire sector, we can improve air quality in the vicinity of the North Sea Canal area and actively execute the Paris Agreement.
Three key pillars
Port Emission Reduction Technologies
By using these technologies, we reduce emissions from ships whilst they are berthed in the port. By doing so, we improve air- and sound quality in the vicinity of the port and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases.
Port Call Optimization
Efficient handling of shipping can also reduce emissions. We do this by optimising the planning and handling processes of shipping in the port.
We believe that hydrogen and methanol can make a considerable contribution to the energy transition and facilitate cleaner shipping. That is why we participate in H2ships, a pilot project run by Interreg North-West Europe, in which we seek solutions for ships and seek to facilitate shipping energy that runs on hydrogen. For this pilot, we are converting our own vessel into an electric one, powered by hydrogen.
Safe bunkering of alternative fuels
What happens to spatial planning and safety when alternative fuels, such as hydrogen, methanol and ammonia, are bunkered? Should new policy be developed for this? Together with DNV, we conducted research to ensure that the port of Amsterdam is ready for clean shipping.
Within Amsterdam's ring road (A10), we try to facilitate all visiting vessels with shore power. It is cleaner, less noisy, and less odorous - meaning that residents won't experience high levels of disturbance. We're boosting shore power by upgrading existing facilities, installing new facilities, and offering mobile shore power. We are also investigating whether we can install shore power at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam.
Getting to Zero Coalition
Port of Amsterdam has joined the Getting to Zero Coalition, a coalition of more than 150 companies in the maritime industry that all share one collective goal: lowering the greenhouse gas emissions of shipping by using new, clean fuels.
Be part of a better port
Together with the port business community and our partners, we aim to create a better port every day. That's why we continuously work on our accessibility and facilitate a smooth, safe, and transparent shipping process. By investing in sustainable energy and circular activities, we take the lead in developing a future proof port.