APM Terminals and DP World launch Zero Emission Port Alliance at COP28

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APM Terminals and DP World have announced the formation of the Zero Emission Port Alliance (ZEPA), an industry-wide strategic coalition to accelerate the journey to zero emissions for container handling equipment (CHE) at ports. ZEPA membership is open to all industry participants, including terminal operators, OEMs, port authorities and government entities. The alliance will start its activities in early 2024.

Speaking on the announcement, Jack Craig, Global Head of Technical, APM Terminals, said, “Our industry is in a strong position to drive real, meaningful change to decarbonise ports, and I believe the launch of the Zero Emission Port Alliance is a vital step in the right direction. It is apt for us to launch ZEPA at COP28, where so many significant conversations are taking place to achieve net zero. Today’s launch catalyses collective decarbonisation action across the port industry and signals to all our colleagues that we are serious about combatting climate change.”

During the session to announce the alliance at COP28, APM Terminals and DP World explained that ZEPA will work to increase industry-wide adoption of battery-electric CHE and catalyse further emissions reductions at ports. The focus on battery-electric container handling equipment (BE-CHE) is grounded in research published in a white paper in October 2023, commissioned jointly by APM Terminals and DP World. The findings show that BE-CHE can become as or more competitive than diesel CHE as it becomes more affordable, attractive, and accessible. The point where this happens can occur in the next 2-8 years, but only with focused collective action by the entire port ecosystem.

ZEPA members will inform the work program and deliverables based on their practical experience and needs. Through their membership, companies will accelerate the availability of affordable BE-CHE. They will benefit from the advantages of sitting at the table in this industry-wide collective action. ZEPA encourages all industry peers to review the findings of the white paper and to signify their interest in potential ZEPA membership by contacting zepalliance@systemiq.earth.

ZEPA is governed to comply with antitrust/competition laws and to foster transparency about the process and progress of its activities. Key findings will be accessible to the whole industry, not just ZEPA members.

Tiemen Meester, COO of Ports & Terminals, DP World, added, “Collective, industry-wide action is needed to achieve affordable and attractive battery-electric CHE that can be used globally. The Zero Emission Port Alliance is a results-driven coalition that clearly focuses on supporting and delivering tangible short-term action. I truly believe we can drive the change needed to make port electrification happen. While ZEPA is only at the beginning of the work it has set out to do, I’m confident in the dedication shown by the founding members and the interest of other industry stakeholders. All involved in terminal operations must play their role in realising zero-emission ports.”

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