Climate action

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Port of Antwerp is aiming to be a climate-neutral port by 2050. That is why we are making the transition to a circular economy and investing in energy transition.

Greener port

As an energy hub, the port of Antwerp is the place where energy transition is taking shape. Renewable energy is being generated there on a large scale. Alternative energy sources such as hydrogen are imported, stored and converted into sustainable building blocks (raw materials and fuels) for the chemical sector. The focus is on sustainable industry, shipping, logistics and the environment.

Energy transition

A focus on solar energy is fully in line with the port's energy policy. The Solar Mirror Plant in Kallo is a good example of this. Through promising and innovative heat technology, this plant is generating green heat from concentrated sunlight – a practice that has never been applied in Europe before.

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Renewable energy is being generated en masse at the port of Antwerp. Biomass is gaining importance as a source of energy. There are also 69 wind turbines in the port area, and the number is still growing. A 3 mW wind turbine can supply power to around 2,000 households per year. The wind turbines in the port area are connected to a port authority or terminal, so they directly supply a company with energy.

Port of Antwerp and its partners ENGIE, Fluxys, Indaver, INOVYN, Oiltanking and the Flemish Environmental Holding Company (VMH) are committed to producing sustainable methanol with the 'power-to-methanol' project. Methanol is an essential raw material used in industry at the port. The construction of a demo plant on the INOVYN site is set to start by 2022. We aim to produce 8,000 tonnes of sustainable methanol annually by reusing captured CO2 in combination with sustainably produced hydrogen. This way, we can reduce extra CO2 emissions by at least 8,000 tons.

 
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In order to make a viable transition to a hydrogen economy, it is crucial to generate sufficient renewable electricity for the production of hydrogen. Seven major industrial players and public stakeholders are joining forces to form a hydrogen coalition. Deme, Engie, Exmar, Fluxys, Port of Antwerp, Port of Zeebrugge and WaterstofNet signed a collaboration agreement to bring their expertise together in a co-ordinated manner. They are throwing their weight behind practical projects for shaping the production, transport and storage of hydrogen.

The port of Antwerp is the world's second largest chemical cluster – and that releases a lot of heat. Port of Antwerp is aiming to limit the loss of industrial residual heat by reusing it. We are researching a range of concepts for using industrial heat commercially and supplying it to buildings in the city and the port. We are doing so in collaboration with industry, the government and other social actors.

ECLUSE, in turn, supplies residual heat to surrounding port companies via a steam network. The heat from six incineration plants is reused in industrial processes, but can also serve as a sustainable way of heating buildings. In the long run, 100,000 fewer tons of CO2 will be emitted each year.

Energy-intensive industry

Met het nieuwe NextGen District Port of Antwerp is sending a clear message. The future is circular and sustainable. The former Opel site of approximately 88 hectares will thus be given a new purpose as the new circular economy hub. 

The port of Antwerp is home to the largest integrated energy and chemical cluster in Europe. This makes it the right location for creating new collaborations and working innovatively to reduce CO2. Air Liquide, BASF, Borealis, ExxonMobil, INEOS, Fluxys, Port of Antwerp and Total are joining together as Antwerp@C to investigate Carbon Capture Utilisation & Storage (CCUS). The potential of this project is to capture half of the CO2 emissions at the port with CCUS by 2030.

 

This promising project will enable us to fulfil our pioneering role effectively. It demonstrates once again that collaboration is the key to creating a cluster-enhancing effect, with operational and innovative added value. If this common infrastructure can be delivered, it will benefit the entire industrial port community and make a useful contribution to the Flemish, Belgian and European climate objectives.”

CEO Jacques Vandermeiren

Cleaner sea and inland navigation

Driven by the objectives of sustainable development and international regulations, the shipping industry has embarked upon the energy transition. It is estimated that 6.5 million tonnes of conventional fuels are bunkered at the port of Antwerp every year. That makes us the fifth largest bunker port in the world. We are therefore fully engaged in integrating low-carbon fuels into the bunker market and evolving towards a Multi-Fuel Port. LNG is already a reality today. Methanol, hydrogen and electrical energy will be on the market between now and 2025.

 
lng bunkering

In our role as an operator, we would like to set a good example and invest in greening our fleet. We are reducing energy consumption by operating the existing fleet at lower revs. In addition, we are systematically replacing the fleet with a more economical and environmentally friendly type of tug-boat. By greening our fleet, we have achieved a 32.5% reduction in CO2 emissions across the company compared to 2005. This means we are close to meeting the European target of a 35% reduction in CO2 emissions.

Port of Antwerp has commissioned the construction of a hydrogen-powered tug-boat, the first in the world. The internal combustion engines that drive this ‘Hydrotug’ run on hydrogen in combination with diesel. The engines will comply with the strictest standard, the EU Stage V, making them the most emission-efficient engines on the market.