Wednesday 23 June, 2021

Energy efficiency in ports to support maritime decarbonization

The maritime industry and particularly ports are part of the solution towards decarbonizing the maritime sector and can contribute towards the UN goal of achieving clean and affordable energy, panelists told a side-event on ports, held during the United Nations-led Ministerial-level Thematic Forums (21-25 June) on energy action. The forums bring together key stakeholders virtually, to mobilize actions as a major milestone on the road to the UN-led High-level Dialogue on Energy in September 2021. 

“There is a large capacity to improve energy sustainability in port activities, operations and management. Meaningful improvement can be achieved through investment of in renewable energy, clean technological solutions, automations and through partnership, capacity building and education,” said Nancy Karigithu, Principal Secretary, State Department for Maritime and Shipping in the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure Housing and Urban Development, Kenya. She was speaking at the side event on “Uptake of Port Energy Efficient Technologies and Operations” (22 June).  

The event was hosted by the Government of Kenya, through the State Department for Shipping and Maritime, in collaboration with IMO – which implements the European-Union funded Global MTCCs Network (GMN); and the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre for Africa (MTCC Africa). 

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