Air quality

Within the port of Antwerp we are working on various projects to ensure healthy air quality by tackling emissions both on land and on water. The air quality is continually monitored at about 20 sampling points in and around the port, and for several years now the concentration levels have been kept below the EU air quality standards thanks to investments from industry and measures in various areas. By continuously improving the air quality we are developing the port in a more sustainable way.

Initiatives on land

In parallel with the low-emission zone (LEZ) introduced in Antwerp in February 2017, Antwerp Port Authority – in collaboration with VOKA-Alfaport (Chamber of commerce) and the Left Bank Development Corporation – is mounting a campaign to encourage private companies to start working on more sustainable port transport. This applies both to trucks and to private cars. The aim is to focus on the positive results of voluntary "greening.” In 2018 a survey will be carried out to determine how environment-friendly the vehicles are. The results will show whether additional measures are necessary or not.

To speed up the introduction and implementation of environment-friendly cargo handling equipment in the port, an amount of 610,000 euros has been granted to four projects. Read more

The Port Authority's truck and car fleet meets these LEZ standards, and the diesel-engined pool cars are being replaced by petrol-hybrid models. Read more.

Initiatives on water

  • Construction of an LNG/CNG bunker station both for barges and for trucks and cars. Read more
  • Sulphur dioxide emissions have been reduced by imposing stricter standards for the sulphur content of fuels for ships and barges.
  • Supports Nitrogen Emission Control Area (NECA) in order to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from shipping in countries around the North and East Sea. From 2021 onwards, stricter standards for nitrogen emissions will apply to seagoing ships in this area. Read more
  • Discount on port dues for seagoing vessels that are more environment-friendly than the standard. As a result, the number of calls by "green" ships is increasing year by year. Read more
  • Total prohibition against venting of polluting substances and introduction of a subsidy programme to upgrade degassing facilities. End 2017 "iNoses" will monitor the air quality. Read more
  • Onshore power supply for barges, with a prohibition against running generators in places there is an onshore power supply. Read more
  • Proactive policy of developing onshore power facilities for seagoing ships. The new Deurganck dock was built with onshore power from the very beginning.
  • Investment of 2 million euros (together with partners) in pilot projects and financial instruments to make barge transport more sustainable, as part of the EU-subsidised project CLINSH (Clean Inland SHipping). Read more
  • Greening of the Port Authority’s tug and dredger fleet.

Greening ambassadors

The voluntary greening of the Port of Antwerp is being pursued not just by the Port Authority on its own: several companies in the port area are acting as ambassadors.


The first LNG/CNG filling station in Belgium opened in 2014 on the ADPO site. The station now serves 14 LNG trucks and 35 company cars for ADPO. It is also open to the general public. These alternative fuels yield reductions of up to 80% in emissions of particulates and NOx and 30% in CO2 emissions. Meer info  The transport company has moved to a location in the port area, thus optimising its transport operations and limiting the number of kilometres driven empty. It has also introduced a fuel-efficient, hybrid vehicle fleet and speeded up the transition to Euronorm 6.  Meer info 
Van Moer Logistics has replaced its entire truck fleet with vehicles fitted with Euronorm 6 engines, and the majority of its forklifts are electric. It also sees that its partner Umicore ships all containers by barge. Thanks to these measures there is no road congestion and CO2 emissions have been dramatically reduced. Meer info  



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