Smooth Ports is looking into ways to optimise procedures for the clearance of goods, to reduce unnecessary burdens on society and commerce. Hamburg, as a city port as a particular focus on the CO2 emission reduction in port traffic, due to its location.

However, Smooth Ports is also looking at other approaches to reduce port related traffic activities and the emission caused from that. Alternative fuels are seen as one answer to that and it has also been highlighted by the project partners. One example could be the Natural Gas Vehicle Station Good Practice, or the Emission Assessment by our French Partner the Port Nantes Saint-Nazaire Authority.

Equally, the possibility of onshore power supply is a great opportunity to reduce emissions in ports. This has been noted by several project partners and was part of a Keynote presentation by the Hamburg Port Authority, during our last virtual meeting. You can find the Keynote presentation here and some more visualisation and background on that topic in a recent video made by the Hamburg Port Authority here. It is part of the goal for Hamburg to become a carbon neutral port by 2040.

Lastly, Port Community Systems and One-Stop-Shops are a great way forward to optimised processes and procedures, reducing CO2 emissions in ports. There are more possibilities for ports and port traffic. The latest applications and ideas can be illustrated by a recent episode of "Port is what we do" from the Hamburg Port Authority: The future is here.

We hope you find some insights into our recent work and what our partners are doing interesting and intend to post more of this kind of information from the partnership as we progress further in the Smooth Ports activites. Stay tuned!