Tuesday, August 16

Hutchinson Best signs an agreement with Endesa on renewable sources to reduce emissions

The Container terminal of Barcelona’s port Hutchison Ports Best Y Endesa have signed an agreement for the contracting of electricity from 100% renewable sources in the Barcelona’s port. The agreement will reduce the terminal’s carbon dioxide emissions by more than half, to exceed 8,300 tons per year.

The terminal also expands the number of solar panels for self-consumption with a total area of ​​4,763 square meters, which will reduce 250 tons of carbon dioxide, and will enable 40 charging points for electric vehicles.

With the agreement, the firm foresees that as of 2022, 100% of Best’s electrical energy will come from renewable energy sources, in line with the objectives of improving the sustainability of the port area, according to Guillermo Belcastro, CEO of Hutchison Ports Best.

The automation of the Best terminal, with cranes fed mainly with electrical energy, implies that the commitment to renewables translates into a very significant reduction in emissions compared to other conventional terminals. This fact has a direct impact on the environmental respect of the logistics chain that chooses Best as its alternative in the Port of Barcelona.

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Best’s strategy is fully aligned with the objectives of the Port of Barcelona in the sense of making the logistics chain that includes shipowners and end customers more sustainable. In addition to the electrification of automated means and the green origin of its energy, there are other initiatives based on sustainability such as the installation of solar panels, electric power recharging points for vehicles, the commitment to the railway (with local traffic quotas close to 20%) or the digitization of a large part of the processes that reduces waiting times and emissions.

According to the strategic plan of Port of Barcelona Until 2025, with targets until 2040, the fight against climate change will require “a strong transformation of some of the main European economic sectors for the generation of maritime cargo.” In particular, the plan refers to hydrocarbons, the automotive industry, others related to mobility and, later, the chemical process industry. On the other hand, other sectors such as electric mobility and renewable energies enjoy favorable prospects. Along these lines, Port de Barcelona is promoting an energy transition “towards an economy based on a more sustainable energy mix, renewable energy sources, an expansion of electrification in new sectors and a gradual decline in the oil-related industry”.


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