Ports of Stockholm has been granted building permits to equip Stockholm’s central quays with cruise ship onshore power connections.
This environmental initiative is a collaboration with other Baltic Sea ports that will result in significantly lower CO2 emissions and air pollutants from cruise ships in Stockholm and the Baltic, the company said.
The permits allow for two high voltage onshore power connections in Stockholm to provide cruise ships with electricity. For the city, this means less impact on the environment, as the cruise ships will no longer need to run their engines in port to produce electricity, and instead can plug into the power from the local electricity grid.
“We are very happy that the building permit process is completed and we can present two high voltage onshore power connections that will contribute to reduced vessel emissions. New lighting and thoughtfully designed architecture will also create a more pleasant atmosphere at the sites,” explained Thomas Andersson, Ports of Stockholm CEO.
The onshore power connections will be inside buildings illuminated to create a more attractive environment. All construction materials must comply with the environmental gold standard, Miljöbyggnad Guld, to achieve the highest sustainability production level.
“Cruise passengers are very important to Stockholm financially, and generate over 1,000 jobs in the region. Onshore power connections in Stockholm are part of an important joint environmental investment, together with other Baltic Sea ports, to create an international class sustainable cruise destination,” said City Commissioner responsible for Ports of Stockholm, Joakim Larsson.
High voltage onshore power connections will be ready for use in 2023 and 2024, respectively. Grants going towards the funding have been awarded from both the EU and the Swedish Climate Leap Programme.