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PORT PVEV: DEMONSTRATING HOW TO MAKE PORTS MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT AS WELL AS DEMONSTRATING THE USE OF ELECTRIC MOBILITY IN PORTS AND PORT AREAS

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The project will demonstrate and contribute towards making port areas as carbon neutral as possible. Through the project, Photovoltaic Infrastructure (PV) will be installed in designated locations within the ports of Valletta, Catania and Gela as well as demonstrate, test, evaluate and disseminate a number of actions with respect to the achievement of electromobility in and around the proximity of the respective ports. Local green plans for ports and port areas will be compiled to suggest future policies for implementation of green energy actions to further decarbonise port areas in each of the partner port areas as a second stage to this project. The compilation of these plans will  take into account the results obtained through the pilot actions, some of which have to be implemented as part of this project. Catania

Gela

As part of these plans, the project a lso foresees a study to determine the feasibility and sustainability of shore supply installations for the provision of electrical shore sourced power to ships when berthing in ports rather than using heavy fuel oil, by connecting to the national electricity grid to provide ships with the necessary energy to power on board facilities such as cargo handling machinery and hospitality needs for both crew and passengers on board ships.Through this project a number of full electric vehicles will be purchased which through the installation of PV Infrastructure, will provide the first carbon neutral transportation in port areas. In addition a number of PV- electric car charging stations/points will be deployed in public car parking spaces in and around port areas.

In 2009, 3,585,299tn of goods was shipped between Malta, Catania & Gela and 91,325 passengers embarked from Valletta to Sicily. In 2009, a total of 181,851 passengers traveled between Malta and Sicily. This shows the heavy transport between the two islands; transport that completely depends on fossil fuels.
The level of cooperation between the partners in this project includes joint design of measures, joint implementation of activities & joint dissemination of results through joint financing between the partners to encourage a wider take up of the positive results expected from this project.
The main stakeholders to the activities to be implemented include port and transport authorities, local authorities & energy authorities. All are these stakeholders are the main beneficiaries to this project. 

General Objective:
This project will start a process by which ports, port areas & their hinterlands become carbon neutral in order to decouple economic growth from non-renewable sources of energy
Specific Objectives:
Reduction in port operations’ dependability on non-renewable sources of energy through:
i. Use of solar energy to partly power port the respective administrative buildings and reduce port areas’ dependence on non-renewable sources of energy and thus reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
ii. Deployment of solar electric car-charging stations in public car parking infrastructure to contribute towards the achievement of carbon neutral transport in the ports around Valletta, Ċirkewwa, Catania and Gela. This will replace the use of carbon-based fuels by clean solar energy.
iii. Launch electro mobility in Catania, Gela and Valletta and Ċirkewwa harbours to partly substitute combustion engine vehicles used to service port operations with clean energy vehicles. This deployment will carry on to actually replace all carbon fuel propelled vehicles in the future in port areas, which are operated by the respective port authorities and project partners.
iv. Study options for future policy implementation to further decarbonise port areas including a study on supplying power to berthing vessels using electric power instead of heavy fuel oil, as well as additional initiatives and measures which will be suggested from the respective studies.How different phases of the project are expected to achieve the objective. All of the phases of the project will be contributing to decarbonise the ports and port areas participating in this project for the benefit of residents, the economy and the environment.
Project Duration: Sept 2012 – Jun 2015 (34 months)
Total Budget: 2.500.000,00 euro . The project is part- financed by the European Union European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) . Co-financing rate: 85% , EU Funds; 15% National Funds.

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