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Port of Aberdeen is Moving to Net Zero Emissions

Researchers have secured £200,000 in funding for ‘Port Zero’, an independent study examining the impacts of mass digitization on society.

The Port of Aberdeen is working to achieve Net Zero by 2040 and was awarded £200,000 from the UK Government.

The New York City-based firm Arup has successfully won Round 2 of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition for their ‘Port Zero’ feasibility study, which focuses on maximizing port operations and infrastructure that help reduce emissions.

Cars are responsible for nearly a quarter of all Scotland’s total greenhouse gas emissions so making them more energy efficient is a crucial step towards reducing the impact industry has on our environment.

The project partners are employing a ‘Ports and Regional Strategic Advisory Group’ to identify cross-sector challenges and develop a solution roadmap that delivers optimum lifecycle emissions reductions. This group will be responsible for developing a roadmap with regards to implementing broader initiatives focused on decarbonisation.

Port of Aberdeen is collaborating with ACUA Ocean, which has designed a zero-emissions vessel powered by liquid hydrogen capable of open ocean transits and transportation. The study will also reveal the feasibility of a 4.5ton payload reaching distant ports using this method.

The shipping study’s primary focus is to develop a detailed project plan for the world’s first hydrogen-powered zero-emission crossing demonstration from Aberdeen, Scotland to Norway in 2024. A study like this provides useful information that can help determine economic feasibility and make relevant recommendations.

A new collaboration was developed by the Department for Transport, Innovate UK and CMDC2 in May 2022. They implemented 31 projects backed by 121 organizations to conduct feasibility studies and collaborative R&D projects in clean maritime solutions with a focus on boosting shipping pollution controls.

Port of Aberdeen is at the heart of the energy movement and international trade. They want to accelerate the transition to Net Zero by developing and introducing new technology and processes which will lower emissions for the port, its users, and the supply chain. The funding for their project will help make this a reality.

Public sector investment in ports is vital to decarbonize the entire maritime industry and achieve government net zero targets. The Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition is a great way for agencies to learn how government support can be beneficial, and we hope to make it through future rounds of funding.

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