Ports of Stockholm has been awarded funding from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the EU for an onshore power supply.
This initiative is expected to significantly reduce CO2 and air polluting emissions from cruise ships in Stockholm and throughout the Baltic Sea.
Thanks to the funding, Ports of Stockholm, together with the Baltic Sea ports of Copenhagen/Malmö, Aarhus and Helsinki, will provide onshore power to cruise ships.
In providing onshore power according to a common international standard these ports will also enable cruise ships and shipping companies to invest in and connect to onshore power according to the same standard.
“The cruise passengers are very important to Stockholm financially and generate more than 1,000 jobs in the region. Now we are taking the next step in being an international-quality sustainable cruise destination,” said Mayor of Stockholm, Anna König Jerlmyr. “Onshore power connection at the central Stockholm quays is part of an important joint environmental initiative with other Baltic Sea ports. Following in the wake of this tough pandemic year, this is really something to celebrate.”
The project, which will see two central quays in Stockholm equipped with high voltage onshore power connections, will start this month and is being funded partly by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, local investments Climate Leap Programme and also by EU grants.
“It is very pleasing and so right that this environmental investment for cruise ships in Stockholm has been prioritised and awarded grant funding from both the EU and the Swedish Climate Leap Programme,’ added Thomas Andersson, Ports of Stockholm CEO.
The work to equip the two central quays with onshore power connections will be completed in 2023 and 2024, respectively.