Posted October 29, 2020
A port chief will help identify measures to speed up electrification in Sweden’s transport sector as part of the government’s newly established Electrification Commission.
Government minister for infrastructure, Tomas Eneroth, has presented the Electrification Commission, to include Gothenburg Port Authority chief executive, Elvir Dzanic.
“I’m really looking forward to contributing to electrification of the transport sector in Sweden. From the Port of Gothenburg’s point of view, we already have ideas and ready-to-implement proposals that I will bring with me and incorporate into the work of the Commission. We will be up and running from the outset,” said Mr Dzanic.
2030 emissions goal
The Port of Gothenburg has adopted the same goal as the Swedish government – to achieve a 70% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.
The port has already made substantial investments in transferring freight from road to rail. Examples include an upgrade of the port line to a double-track system, and new dedicated rail transloading terminals.
However, Mr Dzanic stressed: “We will still need road transport, mainly on the local and regional level, and alternative fuels, including electrification, are the obvious path to follow. This will require close collaboration and I’m looking forward to being involved in speeding up the process.”
To aid the green transition at sea, the port is focusing on expanding shore power provision for ships at berth. It also offers port tariff discounts to vessels that have made environmentally smart choices.
The rapid emergence of digitalisation will also result in more effective port calls and a reduction in emissions.
By Rebecca Jeffrey