Shore-to-ship electricity supply
Despite the positive benefits of the intensive Baltic Sea shipping industry both economic and in terms of tourism the burden on the environment remains a pressing, unsolved problem. High levels of pollution were the motivation for the Lübeck-led EU project, “New Hansa“. In Lübeck-Travemünde, 95 % of SO2 , 75 % of NOx and 50 % of CO2 emissions were found to originate from ships. The solution: the supply of the vessel with power from a shore-based source via a plug-in connection.
The solution: the supply of the vessel with power from a shore-based source via a plug-in connection, thus allowing it to shut down its auxiliary engines. The system is conceived to allow onboard personnel to take the necessary actions independently and without interruption of the power supply. Moreover, electricity can be provided at various voltages, frequencies and power levels via the single on-shore connection according to the ship‘s specific requirements. In Lübeck, the local energy utilities provide eco-power, which further reduces the impacts on the environment.
Having initially faced some legal and technical problems, the pilot project in Lübeck has been implemented very successfully and is now ready to be transferred to 23 other Baltic ports. An important step towards more climate protection and better air quality in harbours has been taken.
Low emission zones in Germany – the example of Berlin
Only low-emission vehicles are allowed into Berlin’s environmental zone in order to reduce air pollution caused by diesel soot (particulate matter) and nitrogen oxides. These vehicles must be identified by a green sticker. Vehicles with high pollutant emissions are not permitted to drive or park within the low emission zone.
Joint Forces for clean air in the city of bonn
In the city of Bonn at some high frequented streets the limit values for nitrogen dioxide are exceeded. Consequently the district government in Cologne disposed the elaboration of an air quality plan. The air quality plan includes extensive measures to reduce the high nitrogen dioxide and equally the particulate matter pollution in the city of Bonn. An environmental zone has been established, the number of job-ticket users increased and the traffic flow improved. Furthermore, climate protection, renewable energy and sustainable traffic related measures have been outlined und will be implemented gradually. It is noteworthy that the whole contributions for “Clean Air in Bonn” are provided by numerous partners, even though there has not been consensus about all measures.
No diesel without filter / soot-free for the climate campaign
In the campaign “Soot-free for the Climate” and the EU LIFE-Project Clean Air German environmental NGOs Deutsche Umwelthilfe, Verkehrsclub Deutschland, BUND and NABU cooperate with European partner NGOs. Their goal is to equip all diesel vehicles and machines with diesel particle filters. Avoiding emissions of diesel soot helps human health and protects the climate.