& CIRCULAR ECONOMY
INNOVATIVE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND INDUSTRY
FOR CITY PORT TERRITORIES
MAKING OUR CITY PORT TERRITORIES CENTRAL TO THE ENERGY TRANSITION AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY, IN REAL SYMBIOSIS WITH THE DIFFERENT LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS,
Promoting dialogue and cooperation between socio-economic stakeholders to bring their activities closer together, identify potential synergies and encourage better management of natural resources.
Giving priority to circular economy projects as part of new partnerships between the city, port, businesses and civil society, and by supporting the development of port activities aimed at promoting exchanges and/or recycling of materials and energy.
Committing the City Port territory to achieving a low carbon, low resources society, through the transformation of industrial production, and the production and management of carbon-neutral, renewable energies.
Encouraging the port community to become partners in the generation of clean energy, notably when concessions come up for renewal.
connecting to un sdg
In 2016, the Port of Barcelona began work on a sectorial Sustainable Development Plan, in conjunction with representatives from every sector of the logistics and port community, along with interest groups. After consulting the stakeholders, discussions took place to identify the indicators that would be used for the sectorial plan, based on the Global Reporting Initiative Guide.
The 2017 action plan was defined with the participation of 53 businesses and institutions. The environmental component includes measures to reduce energy and water consumption in the port, cut atmospheric emissions, reduce effluents and residues, along with the impact of transport and the prevention of environmental risks.
The port and city of Marseille are cooperating in the Euroméditerranée urban regeneration plan in different planning aspects, including carbon neutral development. One example is the eco-neighborhood smartseille in the new EcoCité Euroméditerranée district. In this urban development project, functions the “Massileo” zero energy waste system, for hot and cold water, as well as heating and cooling. The system uses marine energy (or Thalassothermie in French), pumping seawater into the energy central in the port, to transfer the calories into domestic water. Then, this water is transferred into the district production central, were it is heated or cooled further. Finally, the water is sent to the building’s substation to raise or lower the temperature further for different uses. A similar system was already functioning since 2016, with the energy central “Thalassia”. The system saves energy and emissions, using an abundant resource in port cities: seawater.