The Green C Ports European Project awarded the International Port Authority (IAPH) “Port Sustainability 2020” of the International Union of Ports (IAPH), in a ceremony held online on June 24, with the participation of port authorities from around the world and representatives of the European Commission and the project itself. Specifically, Green C Ports was distinguished in the category, which concerns the durability of infrastructure.

The Green C Ports, supported by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility program, is being implemented by twelve transnational partners from four European countries, including Greece, and is looking forward to creating a platform for measuring the port’s environmental performance. Through the use of sensors and artificial intelligence technology, this platform will process large volumes of data, allowing environmental pollution monitoring by port facilities and ships in the urban environment, as well as informing authorities and citizens about the main environmental impacts the port services cause.

To reduce the environmental impact of the ports, in fact, the project partners will try a number of innovative solutions to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, reduce noise levels, predict cranial productivity and real-time emissions measurement in the ports of Piraeus, Valencia, Bremen, Venice and Wilhelmshaven.

The measurements from all the sensors will be collected in the digital platform of Green C Ports. From there, with the help of appropriate tools, information will be obtained on the levels and sources of air pollution and noise pollution in the default port areas, while at the same time, the possibility of forecasts for the future development of the overall pollution in the wider area of the port.

The World Port Sustainability Awards 2020 were created to recognize the best projects enrolled in the IAPH World Port Sustainability (WPSP) program, established in May 2017 to coordinate future sustainability efforts of ports around the world and the promotion of international cooperation with supply chain partners. The program is guided by the United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).

The American Ports Authority (AAPA), the European Maritime Organization (ESPO), the International Union of Cities and Ports (AIVP) and the World Association for River Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) are participating in the program as strategic partners.

The Green C Ports project is co-funded by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility program. The project consortium consists of twelve partners from four European countries, Greece, Spain, Germany and Italy, including the port authorities of Piraeus, Valencia and Venice, the Municipality of Piraeus, the global maritime shipping organization dbh, University Institute-of Communication and Computer Systems of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and other important shipping organizations such as the Greek Global Maritime and the Spanish companies Gas2Move, Baleària and VIRA Gas.

A total of five partners from Greece are participating, including the NTUA COMMITTEE, the Piraeus Port Authority, the Municipality of Piraeus and the companies ZEN TRAVEL Ltd and Global Maritime.

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