Madeira to improve port efficiency

2024-04-29T17:05:43+00:00 April 29th, 2024|Ports|

The Madeira Port Authority (APRAM) is to invest €14,900 in a study to improve the energy efficiency of the infrastructures of the Port of Funchal – Gare Marítima, Gare Cais 6, Centro Náutico de São Lázaro and Cais 8.

The aim, said Madeira Port Authority President, Paula Cabaço, is to obtain annual savings of around €35,000. “Our commitment to the environment and sustainability is very serious, and this is another step towards making the Ports of Madeira more efficient in energy terms, with environmental and economic gains, he said.

The energy audit will analyse the construction characteristics of buildings and energy consumption related to different uses: lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, computer and electronic equipment.

The work, which has already started, will last for three months, and at the end, in addition to energy certification, a report will be presented together with a set of measures to reduce electricity consumption and signage of the areas to be upgraded.

Cabaço said that the study, will be an essential working tool, which will allow the estimating of the investment costs necessary to increase the energy efficiency of Funchal’s port infrastructure.

In addition to advancing firm measures, which may include installing double glazing, reinforcing insulation in key areas of buildings, replacing conventional lamps with LEDs, installing more efficient equipment or using self-consumption systems, the final report will present an estimate of the annual savings values after implementing the measures presented.

APRAM predicted a 20 to 25% reduction in energy bills, which, given an average monthly electricity cost of €11,500, means savings of around €2,300/2,800 per month.

“The importance of this process is not limited to the economic factor, as it is part of our environmental sustainability policy, which is based on energy efficiency and the de-carbonisation of ports,” Cabaço added.

The first programme was an international project financed with by than €11 mill by the Horizon Europe Programme, which aims to promote economic and sustainable energy alternatives, in which the Ports of Madeira appear as the only European port infrastructure to participate.

The second was the result of an investment of €700,000, applied to studying the feasibility and impact of developing onshore power supply (OPS) and de-carbonisation infrastructures in ports.

(Story courtesy of MedCruise)