GREEN C PORTS project wins the IAPH World Port Sustainability Awards 2020

The GREEN C PORTS project, co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility programme of the European Union and developed by a consortium including the Port Authority of Venice, dbh, Port Authority of Piraeus, Municipality of Piraeus, Global Maritime Agency, Zen Travel, ICCS, Inerco, Gas2Move, Baleària and the Valencia Port Authority under the coordination of Fundación Valenciaport, has been awarded the 2020 World Port Sustainability Award of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) – in the category of “Resilient Infrastructure”.

The award ceremony, initially planned to be held in Antwerp in March, within the framework of the IAPH World Conference on Ports 2020, and subsequently cancelled due to COVID-19, was finally held online on June 24. The virtual ceremony brought together numerous participants from ports around the world, representatives of the GREEN C Ports consortium and from INEA (European Commission).

Antonio Torregrosa, Managing Director of the Fundación Valenciaport has virtually collected the GREEN C PORTS project award, whose ultimate goal is to reduce the impact of port operations in cities and control emissions in some of the main European ports.

Puerto de Valencia

According to Torregrosa, “GREEN C PORTS will allow the installation of a network of environmental and meteorological sensors, to pilot a port environmental performance platform and the modelling of artificial intelligence algorithms to inform users and clients of ports and citizens about the main environmental parameters derived from port activities”. In addition, innovative solutions to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, reduce noise levels, forecast crane productivity and measure emissions in real time at the ports of Venice, Piraeus, Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven and Valencia will be piloted.

Dirk Beckers, Director of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), managing the EU grant, stated: “It makes me extremely proud that a project supported by the Connecting Europe Facility is being recognised for its excellence and has been selected to receive such a prestigious award. Transport sustainability is one of the priorities of the European Commission and INEA will continue to support projects with this objective in the future to ensure the transition towards a zero-emission transport sector”.

Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director of IAPH, who has regretted “having to announce the winners virtually rather than in person in the wonderful Antwerp Stock Exchange”, has launched the following message to the winners: “You set the bar in the implementation in practice of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations in ports. We hope that many other ports in the world will be inspired by your initiatives. On behalf of all of us at the IAPH and the World Ports Sustainability Program: kind regards, take care and we hope to celebrate your successes in the future. «

World Ports Sustainability Awards & World Ports Sustainability Program

The World Port Sustainability Awards were created to recognize the best projects registered in the IAPH World Port Sustainability Program (WPSP), created in May 2017 with the aim of coordinating the future sustainability efforts of ports around the world and foster international cooperation with supply chain partners, always guided by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the European Organization of Sea Ports (ESPO), the International Association of Cities and Ports (AIVP) and the World Association for River Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) are part of this program as strategic partners.

The international initiatives presented to these awards and specifically the winners will undoubtedly serve as inspiration for ports seeking to integrate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into their strategy, in their daily activities and in their clusters.


The GREEN C PORTS project, co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union, pilots the use of sensors, big data and artificial intelligence to reduce the environmental impact of port operations on their cities, monitor emissions from ports and vessels and optimize environmental performance of port operations in 5 core ports of the TEN-T Core Network, namely Piraeus, Venice, Wilhemshaven, Bremerhaven and Valencia.

As a result, Port Authorities will be able to control that ships comply with environmental regulation and will be ready to define incentive schemes and financial bonuses to be applied to those shipping companies whose vessels are more environmental efficient.

The project objectives are: a) upgrade existing environmental sensor networks at the pilot ports of Valencia, Venice and Piraeus; b) develop a Port Environmental Performance IT platform that will receive real time data from the sensor networks and from existing operating systems in each port (i.e. PCS); c) decrease port traffic congestion and reduce CO2 emissions by 10% from trucks in the Port of Valencia; d) optimise vessel calls at the Port of Venice before and after port closure due to bad meteorological conditions; e) predict air quality and noise levels in the Ports of Valencia and Piraeus and to generate notifications to government institutions when certain emission levels will be exceeded; f) predict how ship-to-shore  crane productivity will be affected by waves, currents and wind and sending warnings 48 hours in advance to vessels calling at the Ports of Wilhelmshaven and Bremerhaven; g) inform shippers about the real emissions generated by their shipments in door-to-door transport chains between the Iberian peninsula and the Balearic Islands.

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