Quality of life
A clean and safe port region for local residents and businesses.
Minimising any nuisance or inconvenience
Port activity inevitably generates noise, odours, light and dust. We implement and promote measures to minimise any nuisance or inconvenience. This requires cooperation with customers, innovative solutions, and perseverance.
41 eNoses (odour detectors) have been installed around the North Sea Canal, near oil terminals and other potentially odour-emitting businesses.
The eNoses detect changes in air composition. This allows businesses to take targeted measures. During loading and unloading at oil terminals, vapour recovery systems are used to capture product fumes emitted by vessels.
We contribute to significantly reducing noise at the source by investing in technology for businesses.
Recent examples include replacing back-up beepers and investing in an electric crane on the Hembrugterrein site. We have also installed soundproofing insulation in homes in Zaanstad and provided new fundings for sound-insulating ventilation systems.
The Harbour Master’s Division has a supporting role in controlling fires by supplying fire extinguishing capacity with the vessels, along with a fire-extinguishing pontoon.
Port of Amsterdam was involved in establishing the Veiligheidshuis (Safety House). This is a shared fire station, specialised in controlling industrial fires in order to improve fire safety in the Western Port Area.
Promoting green fuel
We are involved in developing new, renewable fuels. Think of synthetic kerosene, which could play a significant role in making the aviation industry more sustainable.
Berths for barges, passenger ships and fishing boats are all equipped with shore power connections. This is better for the environment and prevents noise pollution. We support European regulations for the compulsory use of shore power. And we encourage vessel operators to use LNG instead of diesel by offering an additional discount on their harbour dues.
Our Port is surrounded by Natura 2000 nature protection areas. These include the North Sea Coastal Area and the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve. These areas are protected because of their biodiversity and abundant plant varieties and animal species.
Biodiversity in the Port continues to be improved with the addition of ecological corridors, a protective wall for swallows, fish-spawning areas, natural ponds and bat boxes. Area management policies are focused on keeping animals’ breeding places intact as much as possible, which has improved plant biodiversity in the process.
Five permanent measuring stations located in the greater port area measure air quality on an ongoing basis. Measurements by the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD) and the Bureau Luchtkwaliteit air quality agency provide us with information on air quality in our port area.
Average levels of nitrogen (NOx) and particulate matter (PM10) in the port area are comfortably within the standard of 40 μg/m3. While no standard limit has been set for sulphur, these levels are relatively low and have fallen over the past five years. However, we continue to monitor concentrations on a quarterly basis. This way we can quickly detect any changes and intervene if necessary.
A large-scale liveability survey was conducted among residents and recreational users of the North Sea Canal Area. This revealed that, while the port and local industry do cause some degree of inconvenience, this has a very limited impact on the liveability in the residential areas and public perception of the recreational areas. The survey found that residents and recreational users perceive airplane noise as the main source of nuisance.
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Wind energy in the Port
Wind energy is currently the cleanest, safest and least expensive way to reduce carbon emissions.
Through energy provider Amsterdam Energie, you can purchase green energy directly from our Ruigoord wind farm. In doing so, you contribute directly to making Amsterdam a more sustainable city. You also have the option to generate your own energy.
At the moment the world is at a standstill or is running at more than full speed. Also in the Amsterdam port in this time of corona crisis, as everywhere in the country, there are companies where the employees are out of work or companies where they just can't handle the work.
Measurements performed by Amsterdam’s Community Health Service reveal that air quality levels around the Port of Amsterdam area have remained well within European standards since 2009. This is a commendable performance for an industrial complex.
The beeps emitted by reversing vehicles of the businesses in the port area are safe but annoying. This detracted from the quality of life for the inhabitants of Zaanstad and Westzaan. Port of Amsterdam devised a solution, which has now won the Golden Decibel Award of the Stichting Geluidshinder (Dutch Noise Abatement Foundation).