Port Energy and Carbon Savings

    Project Details

    Academic description

    Ports Energy and Carbon Savings (PECS) is an Interreg 2 Seas project under the programme priority “Low carbon technologies”.

    PECS aims to develop, test and implement different tools and technologies in order to reduce the carbon footprint of the small- and medium-sized entrepreneurial (SME) ports and marinas, and to make their functioning more energy-efficient in a cost-effective way. The cooperation between port authorities, the industry and local stakeholders might be one of the ways to reach these targets.

    Moreover, innovation will be stimulated in close cooperation between the knowledge institutions, the industry and the concerned ports, in order to select and implement low carbon technologies, which are more adapted to the needs of SME ports and marinas.

    Lead by the Port of Oostende, knowledge institutions, port authorities, industry and public authorities are working together within the framework of the cross-border Interreg 2 Seas program in order to test and implement different technologies and methods in the field of renewable energy production, energy recuperation and energy storage on land and in the water.

    PECS is run by a consortium of 10 partners from four European countries: Port of Oostende (BE), City of Hellevoetsluis (NL), Port of Portsmouth (UK), Omgevingsdienst Ijmond (NL), IndaChlor (FR), Blue Power Synergy (BE), CEREMA (FR), Solent University, Southampton (UK), Hogeschool Zeeland (NL), University of Ghent (BE).

    The project is co-financed by the European Fund for Regional Development (ERFD) under grant agreement No 2S03-009. Also the Dutch Province of North-Holland is offering financial support. It runs from 12/07/2017 till 31/08/2020.

    Key findings

    Developing, testing and validating various methods, tools and concepts and demonstrating proven and innovative applications for energy efficiency, specific coast-related renewable energy sources and energy storage to increase the update of these technologies and to start up energy cooperations with all local stakeholders in and outside ports in small and medium-sized ports to reduce their carbon emissions.
    Short titlePort Energy and Carbon Savings
    Effective start/end date1/09/1731/08/20


    • Interreg

    UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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