Shore Side Electricity: key policy recommendations for uptake

Published: 29/10/2015

This article from the "Science for Environment Policy" series of the European Commission summarises the main findings of a recent study. The Ecofys study quantifies the economic and environmental potential of powering docked ships in European ports using local electricity networks. The authors give key recommendations on policy actions to enable implementation in European harbours.

Shore Side Electricity (SSE) involves connecting ships to the port electricity network while they are at berth. In the vast majority of locations, the energy mix used to produce SSE results in fewer emissions than burning fuel on the ships themselves. SSE can also benefit health as air pollutants are emitted at remote onshore electricity facilities, as opposed to ports near highly populated areas.

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