Ports of Stockholm works within several areas to ensure the effects of the company on the environment are as small as possible. The focus is primarily on energy use, fossil fuel emissions, waste and materials.
Ports of Stockholm imposes environmental requirements when purchasing and offers environmentally beneficial services to tenants and shipping companies. There are environmental targets set within these areas and each year the company works with a number of initiatives to reach these targets. Read more about these different areas below.
Environmentally beneficial services for shipping companies
Onshore power connection for vessels
Connecting to onshore power supply reduces the impact of vessels on the surrounding environment by allowing the auxiliary engines to be shut down, which reduces noise and air pollution. Ports of Stockholm offers onshore power supply at several quays in Stockholm. Read more about onshore power connection at Ports of Stockholm
Managing black and grey water, sewage
Stockholm is one of the few ports where vessels have been able to offload black and grey water, or in other words sewage, for a number of years. These waste water facilities are used in the main by all of the regular scheduled ferry traffic, as well as eight out of ten cruise ships. Vessels can also offload sewage to tanker trucks and boats in Stockholm. Read more about offloading sewage
Vessels have the possibility to offload waste at all Ports of Stockholm ports.
Environmentally differentiated port fees
For many years Ports of Stockholm has worked with providing environmental rebates to encourage customers to implement environmentally beneficial measures. The current model for environmental rebates focuses on reducing emission of the air pollutants carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides and particles. The goal is that even minor environmental improvements adopted by vessels will result in higher environmental rebates. Cruise ships that offload sorted waste also pay discounted port fees. Read more about environmentally differentiated ports fees
In Port of Stockholm's organisation
Ports of Stockholm works actively to make operations more energy efficient. The energy consumption consists of the energy used in buildings, port electricity (such as outdoor lighting, gangways and ramps) and fuel use.
Reduced fossil fuel emissions
The carbon dioxide fossil fuel emissions from Ports of Stockholm operations come mainly from the use of energy in buildings, the use of vehicle fuel and from business travel. The target is to be entirely fossil fuel-free by 2025.
Ports of Stockholm has invested in solar cell systems and has established five facilities at Frihamnen, Värtahamnen, Port of Nynäshamn and Port of Kapellskär. Read more about Ports of Stockholm's solar cell systems
Ports of Stockholm works to reduce waste amounts and to recycle as much material as possible, both in daily operations and in the projects. The company also enables shipping companies and tenants to use environmentally adapted waste management. There are also waste management stations along the quays of the inner-city for the archipelago traffic to use.
All rebuilding work uses SundaHus, a tool to enable good materials from environmental and health perspectives to be selected.
Environmental demands are imposed on all relevant purchasing. This could be a matter of chemical products being environmentally labelled, fruit being KRAV marked, the type of vehicle entrepreneurs are allowed to use and the demand that contractors must have their own strategic environmental policies.
Work to reduce noise and emissions
Ports of Stockholm works actively to reduce the noise pollution from port operations, for example by using noise reduction ramps for vehicles driving onto and off vessels. If a vessel is perceived to be a source of noise disturbance Ports of Stockholm will attempt to reduce the disturbance if possible, for example by attempting to have the vessel introduce noise reduction measures. Sometimes it is possible to turn the vessel or to move it to another quay-berth. Whenever possible, connection to onshore power supply is the best alternative for reducing noise pollution and emissions.
When it comes to engine idling Ports of Stockholm strives to enable haulage vehicles to spend no more time than necessary in the port area. Some haulage vehicles and trailers contain refrigerated or frozen goods and must then have a generator running to maintain a set temperature. At a number of sites at the ports electricity posts have been erected where haulage vehicles and trailers that are parked to wait for the departure of a vessel can connect to the electricity supply so that they do not need to run their generators.