The e4ports network has made it its objective to support ports in designing a climate-friendly energy system. Today marked the kickoff of this cooperation, which is coordinated by NOW GmbH.

Converting the port energy system to renewable energy is a complex challenge for the multitude of stakeholders involved in ports and their surrounding areas. The launch event in Berlin and online brought together port organisations, terminal operators, logistics companies, shipping companies, energy producers and suppliers, grid operators and authorities.

What technology options are available for climate-neutral cargo handling? How can onward transportation be made emissions-free? What options are there for producing electricity, hydrogen, or its derivatives locally? How can ports prepare for the import of alternative fuels? The e4ports network aims to bring together stakeholders and find the answers to these questions together, to reach the goal of climate-neutral ports more quickly.

Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff, Managing Director (Spokesperson) of NOW GmbH: “Ports are the nerve centres of any economy. We cannot do without them – and this is also true when it comes to achieving the climate objectives. As hubs for goods and commercial transport, ports have complex energy flows. Converting them to renewable energies is a challenge that different stakeholders within e4ports are working on together. We look forward to incorporating NOW’s networking expertise and our knowledge of various technological solutions.”

The focus of the event was to provide an overview of relevant initiatives in German ports. Hydrogen applications in ports and related locations were presented as a main topic. Experiences were also exchanged on developing hydrogen infrastructure, from handling to approval and licensing procedures.