Energy & climate

Green energy and climate go hand in hand. The port wants to be CO2-neutral in 2050. Via the Transition Fund, the Port Authority is also encouraging the roll-out of innovations in sustainability and saving energy. The support for Azteq (solar mirrors) and QPinch (process heat upgrade) are some successful examples of this.

 

This can also be seen in various initiatives in terms of energy production that have since been taken.

  • The port of Antwerp houses the largest wind farm on the Belgian mainland;
  • VLEEMO is building 4 new wind turbines on the Right Bank. These will bring us to the 200MW mark. One existing VLEEMO turbine will also be replaced by a newer model
  • On the Left Bank, we are constructing six buildings on wind energy and power.
  • Residents of Antwerp can participate in the VLEEMO project and purchase the power generated via the ‘Wind for “A”’ co-operative too.

 

Alongside these specific plans, several other sites are under consideration for the expansion of the wind farm. Moreover, companies like Covestro are entering into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPAs) with energy suppliers for using renewable energy on their site. This way, 45% of Covestro Antwerp's electricity consumption will be covered by such a PPA, originating from a wind farm outside the port area (accounting for a capacity of almost 40MW).

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Renewable energy per production source

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CO2 emissions per sector

The reporting 

Emissions data is no longer obtained separately from all (government) bodies, but as a whole via the VMM (Flanders Environment Agency).  The VMM makes official reports on the Flemish territory in line with the European IPCC standard. This has the advantage of unambiguous, reliable data that is in line with other reporting for Flanders, Belgium and Europe.

At present, we are only reporting the CO2 emissions and no other greenhouse gases (the unit is therefore tons of CO2 and not tons of CO2-eq as in previous years).

Data on the other greenhouse gas emissions will be made available in the autumn. Keep an eye on the website for updates.

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CO2 emissions for industry compared to the production index

The results

The total direct CO2 emissions from energy, oil refinery, storage, transshipment and transport at the port of Antwerp were around 16 million tons in 2019. The port remains responsible for 16% of Belgian CO2 emissions.

 

Most emissions at the port of Antwerp are emitted under the ETS system. This is being reviewed at a European level. In the European emissions trading system, it is of no importance where in the EU the CO2 is emitted. The ETS sector is on schedule.

Innovatieve zuivering van procesgassen

One of the many initiatives for lowering the greenhouse gases within the Antwerp port area is the project from LANXESS with their innovative purification of process gases. This project competed for the 3rd Sustainability Award.

“By means of a special installation, LANXESS is managing to reduce emissions of laughing gas (N2O) by at least 500 tons per year, and of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 1,200 tons per year. These substances are released during production processes and could be harmful to the climate.

The project on the site in Lillo forms a major part of LANXESS' objective to be climate-neutral by 2040.