Recently, the Port of Barcelona launched a special strategy aimed at reducing negative emissions. The document involves 25 actions rolled out across 53 operations, the main conclusion being the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as an alternative fuel, as well as an ambitious environmental policy.
According to a study conducted by Barcelona Regional, a public agency responsible for urban growth, port activity is responsible for 7.6% of the average annual concentrations of NOx in the city, and for 1.5% of particulate matter.
Container ships, on the other hand, are responsible for 1.7% of the annual average concentration of NOx in the Catalan capital, with other cargo ships representing 2.0%, ferries – 1.4% and cruise ships – 1.2%.
Regarding particulate matter, the contribution port activities make to total concentration in the city (estimated at 1.5%) is split into 0.38% for container ships, 0.48% for other cargo ships, 0.23% for cruise ships, and 0.28% for ferries, among others.
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Global Port & Marine Operations - 11th International Harbour Masters Congress 25-28 June 2018 UK/London