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Hamburg Port


In the light of urgent change towards sustainable solutions in the maritime sector, port authorities are re-thinking the way of running their business in favour of more environmentally friendly processes. Together with shipping companies they are joining a global effort to meet the adopted IMO strategy to reduce marine greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% until 2030.

With effect from September 1, 2020, responsibilities at HPC will change.

The current Covid-19 situation reminds us to a decade before – the longer a certain trend prevails, the more people tend to rely on historical development to predict future outcomes. In the opinion of the author, the pandemic and resulting worldwide economic downturn is only a further example of this limitation to many forecast projects. These crises have shown that critical junctures and structural changes can alter the current and future situation entirely. Forecasts that have thoroughly been prepared on historical data and expected future developments become obsolete within a relatively short period. So, how to achieve robust forecasts in times like these?

Although logistics experts and politicians are promoting innovative and sustainable means of transportation, globally, trucks are still the backbone of transport logistics. In Europe, about 75% of all cargo transports are still performed by trucks (www.statista.com, 2020). As a consequence, roads and highways are filled with truck queues. In particular, around ports, trucks with container loads are a dominant picture, often leading to reduced traffic flow and congestion. In fact, almost every port experience traffic problems.

Hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels has been discussed for decades. But only recently since the publication of the German government's National Hydrogen Strategy has the topic bounced back on the agenda in Germany. In view of the manifesting climate change, hydrogen has the potential to play a major role in the upcoming energy transition. Whether in the chemical or steel industry, in transport or in the heating sector, the possibilities for GHG savings by using green hydrogen are manifold.

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