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Port Of Rotterdam Aims To Cut Emissions By 49% In 2030

By Kristin Hunt

Emission reduction goals are usually associated with major companies like Levi’s or McDonald’s, or cities across the globe. They’re less commonly attached to ports, but that hasn’t stopped the port of Rotterdam from setting targets designed to make it a zero emission transit center. 

The Dutch harbor is aiming to reduce its carbon emissions from shipping and industry by 49 percent in 2030, ultimately scaling up to a 90 percent reduction in 2050.

Although port emissions fall outside the goals of the Paris Agreement, Rotterdam’s deadlines are in line with targets from the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO), according to the Thomas Reuters Foundation. Back in April, the IMO set its first ever shipping emission goals, aiming to cut emissions by at least 50 percent in 2050, using 2008 levels as a baseline. Under the IMO plan, all boats will have to adhere to caps on air pollutants such as sulphur oxide and new ships will have to be 30 percent more energy efficient than those built in 2014 by 2025.