The Icelandic fishing port, Akureyri set to invest in reducing greenhouse gas emmissions and noise pollution
Photo: Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources, and Pétur Ólafsson, Port Authority of Akureyri,
Icelandic fishing port, Akureyri is set to move to a greener future as it looks to become the first harbour in the country to implement electrification and reduce greenhouse emissions and noise pollution.
Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources, and Pétur Ólafsson, Port Authority of Akureyri, have signed an agreement on the Government’s investment in the port’s electrification of ISK 43.8 million (€290,000), attended by Ásthildur Sturludóttir.
The project involves setting up a high-voltage connection for cargo ships, fishing vessels and smaller cruise ships at Tangabryggja, but construction is already underway. With the electricity connection, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced from ships in Akureyri harbour, which can then connect electricity to land instead of burning oil. At the same time, noise pollution from ships and electrical stations on board is reduced.
Energy exchanges and climate issues are closely linked and energy exchanges are a key component of Iceland’s climate action plan. Energy exchanges are being carried out in various areas in accordance with a resolution passed by the Parliament, which was approved in 2017. These include projects related to energy exchanges at sea and in the fisheries and energy infrastructure related to them.
Thórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation: “Energy exchanges, including in ports and ocean-related activities, are among our most important environmental and climate issues and also important economic issues in the long term. I therefore particularly welcome this agreement today, which is in line with the policy we have marketed. We have been making remarkable progress in land-based energy exchanges, are second in the world in the automation of the automotive fleet, and now it is time to move forward with energy exchanges in maritime-related operations. “
Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources: “We need to work on changes in all areas of society so that Iceland can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to reducing climate change. Port exchanges are major and important steps in that direction. “
The Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, in collaboration with the Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation, has allocated grants for electrification of ports in nine other locations in the country this year to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project is part of the government’s investment campaign for the Covid-19 pandemic .
Source: Icelandic Government