Atlantic Action Plan Pillar I outcomes “Ports as gateways and hubs for the energy transition: Potential sources of energy and prototype’s analysis

15/05/2024

The recent online webinar hosted by the Atlantic Action Plan (AAP) Pillar 1 delved into the pivotal role of ports as gateways and hubs for the energy transition. Titled "Ports as gateways and hubs for the energy transition: Potential sources of energy and prototype’s analysis," the event, held on April 15, 2024, focused on exploring decarbonization opportunities for ports and vessels.

The webinar addressed significant challenges encountered in finding oriented solutions for energy sources and prototypes to adapt maritime fleets to the evolving needs of the energy transition. Through insightful discussions, participants highlighted the complexities of this transition and the necessity for innovative solutions.

One notable aspect of the webinar was the analysis and ranking of presented prototypes. Utilizing MENTIMETER, prototypes were evaluated based on criteria such as interest, feasibility, flexibility, scalability, financial requirements, and their contribution to decarbonization efforts, energy production, and multipurpose capacity. This analytical approach provided valuable insights for stakeholders seeking actionable strategies for sustainable maritime development.

Moving forward, several key next steps emerged from the discussions:

  • Presenting the webinar results alongside the Pillar I report to the EU Energy Transition Partnership (ETP), thus amplifying the impact of the insights garnered.
  • Actively seeking funding opportunities for the showcased prototypes, facilitating their development and implementation within port infrastructures.

Moreover, the event underscored the potential for synergies with other sea basins, particularly with the WestMED Sustainable Maritime Transport Technical Group. This collaboration opens avenues for shared learning and coordinated efforts towards achieving common sustainability goals across maritime regions.

Stay tuned for further updates on how these discussions catalyze tangible actions and drive forward the energy transition agenda within port communities and beyond.