Restricting the rise of the average temperature of the earth through cutting carbon dioxide emissions is the shared global goal of humanity. Together with its owner, City of Helsinki, the Port of Helsinki is committed to implementing Carbon-neutral Helsinki. 

Reaching the Carbon-neutral Port goal requires cooperation between all operators at the Port.

  • The Port encourages the companies serving and operating in the port areas to reduce their CO2 emissions. 
  • The Port of Helsinki promotes low-carbon maritime traffic at its harbours by encouraging visiting vessels to reduce their CO2 emissions. 
  • The Port of Helsinki aims for carbon neutrality in its own operations by 2035. 

Carbon-neutral Port of Helsinki Manifestation

Targets and measures to achieve them:

A 25 per cent reduction in vessel emissions by the year 2030.
›    Shore power capabilities for several berths
›    Making alternative fuels available at Helsinki ports
›    The continued development of an environmental programme targeted at ships

A 60 per cent reduction in emissions from heavy goods vehicles by 2030.
›    Minimising the use of transport vehicles at ports
›    Introducing incentives to use low-emission vehicles

A 60 per cent reduction in emissions from work machines used in the harbour area by 2030.
›    Enabling the electrification of work machine infrastructure
›    Encouraging the use of biofuels

The Port of Helsinki should be carbon neutral in terms of its own emissions by 2025.
›    Minimising the Port’s energy consumption by modernising heating, installing LED lighting, and increasing the use of solar panels
›    Acquiring necessary energy from carbon-free sources 
›    Helping to lower subcontractors’ carbon footprints via procurement

Low-carbon port areas

Our aim is to minimise the CO2 emissions in our port areas. Carbon dioxide emissions are caused by vessels, work machines, heavy traffic and the Port’s own operations. 

The use of onshore power supply systems reduces the air emissions from vessels and reduces the noise levels.

Onshore power supply systems built at the port and on vessels make it possible to reduce the climate emissions generated while ships are berthed by as much as 50–80 per cent, as the ships receive the electricity they need while at berth from land, and there is no need to keep auxiliary engines running. The use of onshore power supply improves air quality and reduces noise in the city centre close to the port. In Helsinki, onshore power supply is available on two separate quays in Katajanokka, as well as on the Olympia Terminal side starting from 2021.

Low-carbon maritime traffic at the Port

The ship traffic arriving at and departing from the port area in Helsinki causes approximately 80% of the total annual carbon dioxide emissions in the port area. Therefore, reducing these emissions is crucial for the Port’s climate goals.

The carbon footprint of the Port’s own operations

Emissions generated by Port of Helsinki Ltd itself account for only a small proportion of the carbon dioxide emissions of the Port, but they are the easiest for us to influence. Our goal is to reduce our own energy consumption considerably and acquire the remaining energy required from carbon-neutral energy sources. Carbon offset is the last option on the route to carbon neutrality.

The energy used to maintain the Port’s properties is reduced by means such as switching to LED lighting.

Emission compensation is the last option in the pursuit of carbon neutrality.