Last June, the Port of Turku joined Turku’s city climate team, which has set the goal of being carbon neutral in 2029.
Turku’s port has been undertaking systematic environmental work for a long time. Mitigation of climate change, as part of the carbon-neutral Turku urban area, is one of the central goals of its environmental programme that extends until 2025.
The aim is to reduce greenhouse emissions by 40% during the period 2008-2025 and to minimise the environmental impact of the port’s operations on land, sea and air.
In its entire activities, the port takes into account the city’s climate plan and the European Union’s ‘Fit for 55’ goals.
“Our own climate action is to move towards carbon neutrality by investing in the use of renewable energy and the electrification of operations. The electricity used by the port has been tendered as renewable. The vehicle fleet has been changed to electric within the framework offered by the market, regarding both vans and other work machines.
“In addition, charging stations for electric cars have been added in the harbour area. In those vehicles where electrification is not possible, biodiesel will be used,” explained Mark Alahame, Port of Turku’s Technical Director (pictured).
“Climate work must be at the centre of everything we do. It often means investments, but they do pay for themselves,” he concluded.