Wednesday 21st Nov, 2018

Carbon capture a possible way to reduce emissions at ports

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CARBON capture in ports could be a way to reduce the environmental impact of shipping, and the Antwerp Port Authority is exploring how to use carbon-capture techniques to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at the port.

The port authority is teaming up with gas infrastructure operator Fluxys to take practical steps to help meet Belgium’s ambitious goal of reducing its carbon dioxide emissions 35% by 2030.

In the first phase of the project, Antwerp Port Authority and Fluxys are studying the feasibility of capturing carbon dioxide from industry at the port, transporting it by pipeline or ship and re-using or storing it.

If the results of the feasibility study are positive then the aim is to jointly promote practical projects.

Antwerp Port Authority CEO Jacques Vandermeiren said industry in the port is a central engine of the Belgian economy and in the past few years, it has put great efforts into becoming more sustainable.

“When it comes to CO2 emissions, however, a port-wide approach is needed,” he said.

“We are particularly pleased at being able to team up with a partner such as Fluxys to make our port platform and its many industrial players ready for a low-carbon future.”

Fluxys managing director Pascal De Buck said a mix of solutions was needed to counter the effects of global warming.

“We have to deal not only with CO2 emissions from energy consumption, but also from a large number of industrial processes that also release CO2,” he said.

“Fluxys is therefore following a multi-track approach that includes CO2 capture, re-use and storage, the switch from carbon-intensive fuels to natural gas, inflow of green gas and the introduction of innovative, low-energy gas technology.

“Our collaboration with Antwerp Port Authority is an excellent opportunity to develop concrete solutions for a low-carbon economy based on our combined expertise.”

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