More than 3,400 litres of diesel per year has been removed from vehicle operations at Aberdeen Harbour thanks to the introduction of two new electric cars on its estate.
The cars, which are being used by employees across the port, have been introduced by Aberdeen Harbour’s Green Team and in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and the EU-funded Civitas Project – which seeks to have cleaner and better transport available in European cities.
The new vehicles have replaced traditional diesel alternatives and are expected to deliver significant emission savings each year. Charging stations have also been installed at Regent Quay and the Aberdeen Marine Operations Centre.
Malcolm Brown, Head of Compliance at Aberdeen Harbour, said: “The introduction of these new electric vehicles in another great step for us in becoming a world-leading port that is ready for the future.
“We’re working towards a carbon-neutral future and whether it’s through electric vehicles or the major LED replacement project we’ve just completed, we see huge potential and benefit in ensuring our port is leading the way on sustainability initiatives.”
Aberdeen Harbour Board is committed to examining sustainable and electric alternatives to all its assets when they are replaced. The Harbour is the only port in Scotland to combine European EcoPort status with the ISO 14001 accreditation.
ISO 14001 is an international standard that certifies that organisations are continually seeking to improve their environmental management systems and minimise their impact on the environment.
The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett said: “It’s fantastic that Aberdeen Harbour will receive these cars through the Civitas Portis project.
“Not only will the vehicles help with the Harbour’s desire to reduce emissions, but they fit in with Aberdeen City Council’s plans for net zero and creating a city with cleaner air which benefits all our citizens. We hope Aberdeen Harbour will make great use of the cars and the charging stations and we welcome any step towards ensuring the Aberdeen as energy capital of Europe is striving forward in greener technologies.”
The Civitas Portis European Union grant is being used to examine transport solutions with a connection with port operations, supporting sustainable urban mobility through changes in behaviour and the attitudes of citizens, planners, politicians and industries. It will also help address social inclusion and provide opportunities for economic growth.
The partners for the project also include Aberdeenshire Council, Nestrans, The Robert Gordon University, the University of Aberdeen, and Aberdeen Harbour Board.
Civitas Portis is aiming to make a positive impact on five European port cities - Aberdeen, Trieste, Antwerp in Belgium, Constance in Romania, and Klaipeda in Lithuania.
The solutions include innovative approaches for sustainable urban mobility and social and functional connections between city centres and ports using for example digital technologies which will improve both governance methods and the information provided to the citizens as well as the access to new, services, already available or to be invented.
Civitas Portis has received 100% funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, and it started on 11 September 2016 and finished on 31 August 2020.