Energy is the key

As stated in the Climate Report, the key to reducing the port’s emissions is to enable our customers to reduce their emissions. Port of Trelleborg therefore invests heavily in energy. Already today, we have a solar park of 2,200 square meters that produces over half a million kWh every year. We think it’s really something to be proud of. But the solar park is actually just the beginning. Port of Trelleborg has set its sights on producing more green energy than we consume and in this way contribute further to Trelleborg’s climate transition as a city.

How much energy does the port consume?

How much energy the port consumes is a question that is not entirely easy to answer in the long term. In 2021, the port consumed approximately 6.6 million kWh. However, 2021 included extensive work on the expansion and lighting of the large areas in both the “old” and “new” ports. Even if exclusively low-energy lighting is used, lighting is a significant part of our consumption. When the port relocation is fully completed, the port’s own consumption is estimated to be between two and 4 million kWh.

Currently, two vessels connect to onshore power, but with upcoming legal requirements, we can assume that most of the vessels will connect in the future. However, it is highly unclear how often and how much, and it is therefore difficult to estimate how much land will be used in the long term.

Energy production – can we cover our consumption?

Already today, the solar park produces around half a million kilowatt hours per year. The wind turbines that Port of Trelleborg intends to install will produce an estimated 12 megawatts, or 12 million kWh per year. In other words, energy that is enough and remains.

Onshore power supply

Onshore power supply means that vessels, when at berth, connect to the electricity grid instead of using fuel on board to generate energy, and thus do not produce air emissions. We offer our shipping line customers onshore power supply at all the berths in regular operation. Already today, Stena Line’s ferries M/V Skåne and M/V Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, from Trelleborg to Rostock, connects to onshore power when moored at quay lasting more than two hours. In the long term, upcoming legal requirements from the EU mean that onshore power will become mandatory for berthed vessels for more than two hours.

Charging infrastructure

The port’s own vehicles are charged in the port’s charging infrastructure. However, the demand for charging and charging stations is constantly increasing and there are plans to expand the charging infrastructure.

Low energy lighting

Lighting accounts for a significant part of the port’s energy consumption and it is therefore important to use low energy lamps. The port also uses smart control and timers to only light up where and when needed.