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).