The Port of Antwerp’s ambition is to achieve a low-carbon economy, which is quite challenging, as the port’s activities (the petrochemical industry, truck transport) generate greenhouse gas emissions. But our efforts are vital. We want to actively help reduce emissions.

In view of the international policy framework, the port community must prepare for a low carbon economy in the future. Antwerp’s port community has endorsed the ambitious goals of COP21 (The Paris Agreement) and is currently working on implementing these in practice. This constitutes a good foundation for national and international policy in the next decades.

The goals are:

  • to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C (compared with the pre-industrial period).
  • to help countries adapt to climate change.
  • to make the transition to a low-carbon economy.
  • to reserve the required resources for this.

The space for new technology (electric and plug-in hybrid cars, energy-efficient offices with smart heating and cooling systems...) are just a few examples of our efforts.


We believe in the benefits of this choice as it creates:

  • more employment (because of new technology).
  • more competitiveness (because of policy resilience and energy savings).
  • sustainable economic growth (by attracting new production processes), both for the port and the economy.

A low carbon economy is technically and financially feasible. The cost of climate change will be much higher than the cost for implementing these climate-friendly measures, both for the economy and for our society.


Sustainable Development Goals Port of Antwerp