Activity 2: Evaluation of Eco-Efficient GREENCRANES Alternatives
Activity 2 will develop an integral evaluation with the aim of adapting existing solutions based on innovative low-carbon emission technologies and alternative fuels for PCTs equipment and handling machinery. The adoption of these technologies would significantly reduce the global carbon footprint of port container installations and would increase the general efficiency of port operations. Financial and cost-benefit analyses are required to assure to port stakeholders that performance can be maintained within acceptable values once the eco-efficient technologies are integrated in their operations and cost indicators will be reduced, therefore increasing the PCT productivity.
It is worth mentioning that the research phase of the technologies that will be piloted has already been completed but these solutions have not been tested nor implemented in existing (not new greenfield terminals) PCTs. Partners of the consortium such as Konecranes and ABB (leader companies in port equipment manufacturing), Valenciaport Foundation and PERCRO have already carried out extensive research on the technologies proposed but no deployment has taken place so far in existing PCTs. For existing PCTs to invest in these solutions, having access to pilot results that prove the so-far only theoretical results obtained is crucial. Technological innovations allow improvements on management, capacity and productivity of PCTs. Moreover, energy consumption costs can be reduced as well as GHG emissions.
The specific milestone scheduled for Activity 2 is as follows:
• Report on Integral Assessment on GREENCRANES Eco-Efficient Alternatives (M3). This report will reflect the main conclusions derived from the development of Activity 2 and its Sub-Activities. It will comprise the evaluation studies of each eco-efficient alternative as well as the definition of the Eco-Efficient Indicators System