Decarbonising Ports & Harbours

The Decarbonising Ports & Harbours Innovation Network’s overarching objective is to raise the profile of the critical part ports and harbours need to play in Maritime transport’s transition to net zero by 2050 and accelerate this transition by giving clear direction.

This Innovation Network will focus on major ports and harbours that have a cross section of usage including cargo, ferries, and containers, thus addressing a broad range of energy issues.

The Decarbonising of Ports & Harbours Innovation Network aims to convene a community that addresses the challenges of decarbonising, reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and improving localised air quality. The desired end-result of the Innovation Network’s activity is a sector-led proposal for a government-industry partnership and stimulus package. This will include:

  1. Agreed priority cross-sector challenges, informed by the current policy and solutions landscape.
  2. A road-map for solution development, that offer the best overall lifecycle emission reductions, to provide focus and early planning for longer term R&D and innovation investment.
  3. Agreed industry and government commitments and priority actions, including investment plan and timescales.

Our current climate crisis, created through the burning of fossil fuels, will have a significant impact on our health, livelihoods and environment if specific measures aren’t taken to curb its effects. This is a wide and varied effort which involves collaboration across sectors and industries, public and private. The Decarbonising Ports & Harbours Innovation Network is addressing the commitments of the Net Zero by 2050, Clean Maritime Plan and the Maritime 2050 Strategy by catalysing cross sector activity.

Download our briefing note which details what we are trying to achieve and how we plan on doing this. Learn more about our advisory group and the expertise that each member brings.

In response to the UK’s commitment to achieve NetZero by 2050, we have also developed a landscape map of the UK port owners, operators, technology providers, industry stakeholders as well as solution providers. Explore and join the interactive landscape map.

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Current Decarbonising Ports & Harbours funding opportunities

Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) Phase 2: Summer 2022

Opens: 16/06/2022 Closes: 09/09/2022

Phase 2 of the IETF provides grant funding for feasibility and engineering studies, and for the deployment of industrial energy efficiency and deep decarbonisation projects.

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Scottish EDGE round 20

Opens: 20/07/2022 Closes: 23/08/2022

Having already invested £20 million into over 500 businesses with entrepreneurial potential, the Scottish EDGE Awards round 20 opens in July 2022. Awards can be up to £100,000 per company.

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iX Challenge: Innovative approaches to data-driven asset management solutions

Opens: 01/08/2022 Closes: 09/09/2022

EQUANS is searching for innovators who are developing data-driven asset management solutions that can help digitise and decarbonise energy-consuming assets within buildings and industry, accelerating the zero carbon transition. Through the Clean Growth Innovation Fund, EQUANS is looking to make stra

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5G in Transport & Logistics: Freight & Ports
Recorded: 29th November

5G in Transport & Logistics: Freight & Ports

Join this webinar from UK5G and KTN to explore the benefits of implementing 5G across ports and freights operations – as well as learn more from those who have already introduced this new technology into their operations.

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Programmes related to Decarbonising Ports & Harbours

Decarbonising Ports & Harbours: Landscape Map

Decarbonising Ports & Harbours: Landscape Map

This landscape map is an evolving visualisation representing maritime stakeholders and the wider community committed to decarbonising UK ports & harbours.

Maritime & Ports Innovation Network

Maritime & Ports Innovation Network

Following the success of the Decarbonising Ports & Harbours Innovation Network held from 2020 to 2022, we have decided to extend the programme for an additional year. We recognise that since the inception of our original programme in 2019, a lot has happened, we left the EU, we entered a pandemic and a financial crisis (not just because we left the EU) and we reaffirmed our commitment to decarbonising our industries including maritime.