Climate impact

How do we find out about all the port’s emissions?

A port’s operations consist of many parts and are in many ways very complex – so how do you find out about all emissions? Completing a Climate Report is an extensive work that requires specialist knowledge. Port of Trelleborg has therefore enlisted the help of the consulting firm 2050, Sweden’s leading experts in the field. 2050 has performed accurate calculations according to the standardized method in the GHG protocol (Greenhouse Gas Protocol), based on data provided by Port of Trelleborg. Data from, for example, financial systems, environmental aspect registers, waste statistics, cooling media reports, spending data, and more, have formed the basis for the calculations.

Grouping of emissions into “scopes”

An analysis in accordance with the GHG protocol is made a little more clear by sorting the emissions into three origin categories, so-called “scopes”. Scope 1 includes the port’s direct emissions that we ourselves can directly influence. This could be, for example, emissions from our tug masters and machines as well as our own heating. Scope 2 includes indirect emissions that arise from the production of purchased electricity or district heating. Last, but unfortunately not least, we have scope 3 which covers all other indirect emissions both upstream and downstream in the value chain. This includes, for example, emissions from trucks and ferries in the port, but also emissions from the production of purchased goods and services, as well as employee commuting trips.

The relocation of the port – the largest part of the emissions

The work on moving the port has been in full swing throughout 2021, the year we chose as the base year to compare with in the future. This means that just by finishing the work on the port move, we will reduce our emissions to a sufficient extent to reach most of our emissions targets. The intention of the work has of course not been to achieve our climate goals. Therefore, the consulting firm 2050 has carried out two parallel calculations with and without the emissions from the new construction or relocation of the port.


By looking at our emissions in a larger perspective, we can achieve the emission reductions that have the greatest impact, not only for the port but also for municipal residents and, indeed, the entire earth. The results show that most of the port’s emissions are associated with downstream transports, above all from trucks but also, in equal parts, vessels and cars. Through this knowledge, we know what to focus on in order to achieve our climate goals and be able to develop an appropriate strategy. Our customers and visitors will become the key to reach our climate goals. Port of Trelleborg’s most important task will therefore be to provide and secure access to climate-friendly fuels and charging infrastructure with green electricity for trucks, vessels and cars. Therefore, it is not surprising that Port of Trelleborg has a large energy focus.

The Climate Report is available here  (only in Swedish)