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Environmental measures

Ports of Stockholm works within several areas to ensure the effects of the company and the customers on the environment are as small as possible. The focus is primarily on energy use, emissions to air, waste and materials.

Environmentally beneficial services for shipping

Onshore power connection for vessels

Connecting to onshore power supply reduces the impact of vessels on the surrounding environment by allowing the auxiliary engines to be shut down, which reduces noise and air pollution. Ports of Stockholm offers onshore power supply at several quays. Read more about onshore power connection at Ports of Stockholm

Managing black and grey water, sewage

In Stockholm, ships have long been able to offload black and grey water. The waste water facilities are used in the main by all of the regular scheduled ferry traffic, as well as three out of four cruise ships. Vessels can also offload sewage to tanker trucks and boats in Stockholm. Read more about offloading sewage

Waste management

Vessels have the possibility to offload waste at all Ports of Stockholm ports.

Environmentally differentiated port fees

Ports of Stockholm provides environmental rebates to encourage customers to implement environmentally beneficial measures. The current model for environmental rebates focuses on reducing emission of the air pollutants carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides and particles. The goal is that even minor environmental improvements adopted by vessels will result in higher environmental rebates. Cruise ships that offload sorted waste also pay discounted port fees. Read more about environmentally differentiated ports fees

In Port of Stockholm's organisation and in buildings

Energy efficiency

Ports of Stockholm works actively to make operations more energy efficient. The energy consumption consists of the energy used in buildings, port electricity (such as outdoor lighting, gangways and ramps) as well as fuel use.

Reduced fossil fuel emissions

The carbon dioxide fossil fuel emissions from Ports of Stockholm operations come mainly from the use of energy in buildings, the use of vehicle fuel and from business travel. From the beginning of 2023, Ports of Stockholm's work vehicles refuel with biodiesel (HVO100) instead of Mk1 diesel. It will reduce fossil carbon dioxide emissions by approx. 200 tonnes per year. The goal is for Ports of Stockholm's operations to be fossil-free by 2030.

Ports of Stockholm invests in its own electricity production by having solar cell facilities in Frihamnen port, Värtahamnen port, Port of Nynäshamn, Stockholm Norvik Port and Port of Kapellskär. Read more about Ports of Stockholm's solar cell systems

Waste management

Ports of Stockholm works to reduce waste amounts and to recycle as much material as possible, both in daily operations and in construction projects. The company also enables shipping companies and tenants to use environmentally adapted waste management.

Material selection

All rebuilding work uses Byggvarubedömningen, a tool to enable good materials from environmental and health perspectives to be selected.

Smart purchasing

Environmental demands are imposed on all relevant purchasing. This could be a matter of chemical products being environmentally labelled, fruit being KRAV marked, the type of vehicle entrepreneurs are allowed to use and the demand that contractors must have their own strategic environmental policies.

Work to reduce noise and emissions

Ports of Stockholm works actively to reduce the noise pollution from port operations, for example by using noise reduction ramps for vehicles driving onto and off vessels. If a vessel is perceived to be a source of noise disturbance Ports of Stockholm will attempt to reduce the disturbance if possible, for example by having the ship take noise reduction measures. Sometimes it is possible to turn the vessel or to move it to another quay-berth. Whenever possible, connection to onshore power supply is a good alternative for reducing noise pollution and emissions.

When it comes to engine idling Ports of Stockholm strives to enable haulage vehicles to spend no more time than necessary in the port area. Some haulage vehicles and trailers contain refrigerated or frozen goods and must then have a generator running to maintain a set temperature. At a number of sites at the ports electricity posts have been erected where haulage vehicles and trailers that are parked to wait for the departure of a vessel can connect to the electricity supply so that they do not need to run their generators.