Wind farms power APMÆs Rotterdam terminal
APM Terminals in Rotterdam has begun sourcing electricity generated through wind power, reducing its carbon dioxide emissions by about 45 percent per year.
The electricity is provided by Dutch wind farms at Aalten and Rotterdam. The energy is used to power 14 gantry shore cranes, all refrigerated containers stored on the terminal, light poles, workshops and other power consumption requirements.
It is APM's overall goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent per TEU handled globally within three years. In 2007, APM's total global emissions were 543,000 metric tons, or 17.5 kilograms CO2 per TEU handled.
'Our strategy is to minimize our global environmental footprint through our daily operations, across all terminals and in any new business opportunities we pursue,' said APM Chief Executive Officer Kim Fejfer, in a statement. 'This means we will update our terminal procedures and environmental performance standards to exceed local and national environmental regulatory compliance levels.'
APM Terminals Rotterdam is one of the busiest terminals in the company's global network, serving more than 11 mother vessels, 20 feeder ships and 160 barge calls per week. The terminal also handles more than 5,500 container trucks a week and 3,000 containers a week moved by rail to inland European locations.