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Originally published in HR E-Zine 5/2017 on page 15."For ABB, the leading shore-to-ship power technology provider, the Onshore Power Supply Seminar held in Gothenburg was the perfect opportunity to discuss the latest trends and developments to enhance port sustainability with ship-owners and port operators. It is well known and accepted by shipowners, port authorities and terminal operators that clean energy provision and elimination of diesel emissions (as well as noise) will improve the working condition, transit, and living environment in and around ports. Although an exponential increase in shore-to-ship power installations is currently happening in some regions, such as Norway and China, where local governments are facilitating the introduction of this breakthrough technology, the adoption of OPS in Europe is still selective. To facilitate a wide-scale implementation of the technology, a provider can play a fundamental role: starting from the project inception phase where an optimization of capital expenditures and total cost of ownership can be performed looking at the specific needs of ports and shipowners, to the concrete realization of a stronger, smarter and greener port grid that allows the integration of e-mobility both on the blue side (electric or hybrid vessels) and on the land side (e-vehicles), as well as integration of renewable power sources such as wind farms or photovoltaic plants. A 360° approach will allow ports to become sustainable business entities wholly integrated with the surrounding community, while playing a key role as economic engines, as transit hubs for people and goods, and in a modern way."