The companies in the port and we ourselves cannot turn a blind eye to global energy scarcity. Moreover, the Paris Agreement has imposed a number of important targets for Belgium. The port wants to and must contribute to this, by limiting its energy consumption, increasing its energy efficiency and making the transition to renewable energy sources.

We support companies by facilitating sustainable energy, e.g., by encouraging them to have an audit performed, to measure their energy efficiency and see how they can save energy.

We also invest in the security of gas and electricity supply, striving for a balance in the long term between supply and demand for energy. That is why the Antwerp Port Authority is currently building a power to methanol demo plant, which produces biofuels. This new generation of biofuels will make a significant contribution to greener transport. This initiative also responds to the local demand for methanol as a basic molecule for the chemical industry.

    But many more efforts are being made in the port, as part of a future-oriented energy policy:

    • There are already plenty of wind turbines in Antwerp’s port area and more are being added.
    • ECLUSE is putting the “from waste to energy” process into practice. Nearby companies use steam, a by-product of Indaver/SLECO to heat processes and office buildings. 
    • Methane from the Hooge Maey landfill is used to heat the Amoras buildings.
    • The petrochemical cluster is working towards making its production processes more sustainable. The logistics and maritime industries are also reviewing their options for their activities.

    Sustainable Development Goals Port of Antwerp