International collaboration to reduce emissions in dredging industry

Published on: 8 July 2024, 14:02 hrs

On 14 June 2024, 5 key players in the dredging industry – Harwich Haven Authority, North Sea Port, Port of Rotterdam Authority, Kystverket (the Norwegian Coastal Administration), and Rijkswaterstaat (NL) – announced a joint initiative to significantly reduce emissions in their dredging activities, with a long-term goal of climate neutrality.

This collaborative effort is an open invitation to fellow clients in the dredging industry, who are encouraged to join this endeavour.

A united approach for emission reduction

Working together on emission reduction through procurement will support a level playing field and help to give clarity and consistency for contractors.

Emission reduction will be achieved through 2 measures: using cleaner engines and using renewable energy carriers. Minimum emission requirements for dredging vessels will be introduced first, which will then be gradually increased over time.

Benefits of international cooperation

'Individual efforts to reduce emissions can lead to uncertainty and inefficiency among contractors', said Bert Kassies, Portfoliomanager seagoing projects at Rijkswaterstaat.

'By collaborating, we can provide a clear direction and maintain a competitive yet fair market environment. This initiative is a logical step forward for the industry. We invite others to join us in this crucial effort.'

The effort underscores the need for cooperation in an international market, which has unique exceptions in laws and regulations. Aligning efforts and collaborating on data and procurement tools could benefit both clients and contractors.

Moving forward together

‘Emission reduction is both an ambition and a goal for Norway’, said Jostein Moe, head of department for construction in the Norwegian Coastal Administration. ‘We believe there is room for more ambition, but the collaboration already represents an important starting point. We must explore and implement the next steps toward achieving our long-term goals.’

‘Reducing our impact on the environment and achieving net zero emissions are central to our business objectives’, said Sarah West, CEO of Harwich Haven Authority. ‘We believe the most effective path to these goals is through collaboration and partnership.

In this case, to reduce emissions in the dredging sector by standardising procurement practices. This will give dredging contractors the confidence to invest in reducing emissions. We urge other ports to join us in this initiative.’

‘The energy transition is key topic at the Port of Rotterdam Authority’ says Xander Naaijen, head of Constructions and Dredging of the Port of Rotterdam Authority. ‘Therefore collaboration and joint effort in reducing emissions is the only step forward.’

For more information you can read the full statement on the website Duurzame Infra.