Energy policy at Port of Antwerp-Bruges once again rewarded with ISO 50001 certification

Energy policy at Port of Antwerp-Bruges once again rewarded with ISO 50001 certification

For the fourth time in a row, the Port Authority has achieved ISO 50001 certification for its sustainable energy policy. In addition to platform Antwerp, Zeebrugge is also now included on the certificate for the first time. This is an extremely positive accomplishment, just two years after the merger.

One hundred percent of the electricity used by the Port Authority for buildings, locks, bridges, and for the shore power supply for inland navigation ships has already been sourced from renewable energy sources since 2011. The same applies to the power used by the hybrid patrol vessels. Meanwhile, the Port's fleet of tug-boats includes two vessels running on renewable fuels – one on hydrogen and one on methanol – and the first electric tug-boat will also be coming soon. In recent years, the Port Authority invested heavily in the electrification of its fleet of vehicles and has continued to push for energy neutrality in its buildings.

Those investments are now paying off. Over the last 10 years, Port of Antwerp-Bruges has realised savings of:

  • 9.6% on the cost of gasoline for our own fleet
  • 64.8% on the cost of natural gas to heat our own buildings
  • 33.8% on the cost of electricity for our buildings and for public lighting
  • 27.5% on the cost of electricity for our bridges and locks.

And it doesn't stop here. The Port Authority also remains committed to a sustainable energy policy in the coming years.

Rob Smeets, COO Port of Antwerp-Bruges: “A sustainability policy is not a short-term story. We have actually been working for years to ensure that our ambition to be carbon neutral by 2050 is translated into specific actions and measures. We also have the courage to experiment with innovative technologies based on trial and error, so we are very pleased that this audacity is being rewarded once again.”


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About Port of Antwerp-Bruges

With an overall throughput of 271 million tonnes per year, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is a critical hub in worldwide trade and industry. The port is a crucial link for the handling of containers, breakbulk and for the throughput of vehicles. Port of Antwerp-Bruges is home to 1,400 companies and accommodates the largest integrated chemical cluster in Europe. The port provides, directly and indirectly, a total of around 164,000 jobs and generates an added value of 21 billion euros.
The ambition for Port of Antwerp-Bruges is clear - to become the world's first port that reconciles economy, people and climate. As well as growing in a sustainable way, the Port also aims to focus on its unique position as a logistics, maritime and industrial centre and to take the lead in the transition to a circular and low-carbon economy. Together with the port community, customers and other partners, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is actively seeking innovative solutions for a sustainable future. High on the agenda is its responsibility for the environment and the surrounding society. 

The port sites of Antwerp and Zeebrugge are operated by the Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority, a limited liability company of public law with the City of Antwerp and the City of Bruges as its shareholders. The port employs 1,800 people. Vice-Mayor of Antwerp Annick De Ridder is President of the Board of Directors, the Mayor of Bruges Dirk De fauw is the Vice-President. Jacques Vandermeiren is CEO and President of the Executive Committee, which is responsible for the port’s day-to-day management.

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