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.

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.


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.

The company's vehicle fleet already includes eight hybrid straddle carriersthat use 40% less fuel and emit 50 tonnes less CO2 per year than conventional straddle carriers.Not only that, but they are also quieter. Antwerp Port Authority has subsidised half the cost of the straddle carriers under the terms of the Call for proposals for environment-friendly port equipment.


B Logistics is concentrating on rail as a mode of transport, with the aim of 12% of all consignments going by rail, or the equivalent of 9% fewer trucks on the road every day. It offers an environment-friendly, end-to-end logistics solution for all operators and shipping companies wishing to transport goods to or from the port area. And internally within the company B Logistics uses eco-friendly vehicles and electric charging bollards.

This company's vehicle fleet consists of 67 trucks that are all equipped with eco-friendly euro 5 or euro 6 engines. In 2015, GTS together with five other companies was among the first in Belgium to win the "Lean & Green Star." In the space of five years the company has managed to reduce the CO2 emissions from its vehicle fleet by more than 20%.


As a logistics player Universal Express works only with carriers that operate trucks with eco-friendly euro 5 or 6 engines. For customers that have access to a multimodal platform it advises sending containers by rail or barge wherever possible. For its own employees the company provides Bike cards.

To make its operations more sustainable Zuidnatie is pursuing a modal shift away from road transport to barge instead. In addition it has for some time now been investing in CNG and hybrid technology for its own vehicles.


The sustainability team comes up with initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of their company. For instance, they launched a carpool platform, and the diesel car fleet is systematically replaced with hybrid cars. Employees can choose for an e-bike as part of their salary package. Ahlers also offers customers the option to calculate their CO2 emissions and offers alternatives to reduce them.



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