Decarbonization of waterfront activities offers electric utilities, port owners and operators, government agencies, and private companies many opportunities to advance their organizational objectives while creating significant economic and environmental benefits for customers and constituents.
- For electric utilities and system operators, electrification of port operations provides a major opportunity for new sales into markets that have experienced decreased demand. Moreover, many of these new opportunities will occur off-peak, providing for higher system capacity utilization and absorption of variable renewable resources.
- Port authorities and their stakeholders will see many benefits, including improved environmental conditions for workers, cruise/ferry passengers, crew, and neighboring communities, as well as compliance with current and pending environmental regulations. Ports that position themselves as green gateways will also see increased opportunities for economic development in waterfront districts.
- The Maritime sector has a need for improved access to compliant fuels and technologies at a competitive cost, in response to regional and international regulations for emissions reductions. Ports that offer energy alternatives provide a competitive gateway for attracting the maritime industry as customers that are looking for safer, smarter and greener operations.
The technological pathways to waterfront decarbonization – such as the use of grid power for large vessels at berth, electrification of cargo handling and drayage trucks, and electrification of harbor craft – are all complex strategies requiring cooperation among many parties. In this on-demand video, leaders representing the key stakeholders will share their experience in pursuing decarbonization of waterfront operations, focusing on:
- Drivers and barriers for these efforts;
- The relationship to broader business and organizational goals;
- Example projects and programs: lessons learned, benefits, and costs;
- Collaborative approaches for balancing stakeholder interests, driving project development, and enabling funding.
- Lee Kindberg: Director, Environment & Sustainability, Maersk Line/Maersk Agency USA
- Cam LeHouillier: Manager, Energy Research and Development, Tacoma Power
- Richard Sinkoff: Director of Environmental Programs and Planning, Port of Oakland
- Jennifer States: Director of Blue Economy, DNV GL Energy and Maritime
- Myra Shannon-Fuller: Communications Manager, DNV GL Maritime, Moderator