Scandinavian ports link up to fight climate crisis

Scandinavian ports link up to fight climate crisis

The Port of Gothenburg has joined a collaboration with ten other Nordic ports to cooperate, exchange information and share approaches in a number of areas relating to the environment and climate.

The ports to have signed the declaration are the ports in Gothenburg, Stockholm, Helsingborg, Malmö/ Copenhagen, Aarhus, Esbjerg, Oslo, Helsinki, Torshavn and Faxaports in Iceland.

The pact’s main focus are on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to energy use and alternative energy sources, pollution reduction technologies, biodiversity and prevention of invasive species.

On top of that, the ports have committed to share knowledge and insights on innovative ways to improve the ecosystem that can support the intended development on sustainable solutions, such as by connecting science, industry and startups.

The declaration acknowledges that each port will prioritise each SDG differently based on environmental, social and economic realities.

“No one can solve the climate challenges alone, cooperation and consensus between ports and other actors are required to move forward. The more we work together and exchange experiences, the better and stronger we can become collectively,” said Edvard Molitor, environmental manager at the Gothenburg Port Authority.

The Port of Gothenburg, well known for its pioneering green incentives, is also involved in several collaborations globally, including the World Ports Climate Action Program (WPCAP) where the Port of Gothenburg formed a network with the ports in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Bremen, Busan, Hamburg, Le Havre, Los Angeles, Long Beach, New York/New Jersey, Rotterdam and Vancouver in a number of projects addressing global warming.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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