The port of Barcelona will host next year the sixth annual summit of presidents and executives of the World Ports Climate Action Program (WPCAP), an international initiative with the aim of promoting the reduction of CO2 emissions in the port and maritime sector.
The decision was made by the steering committee of this program last week in Rotterdam, which includes the ports of Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Haropa, Long Beach, Los Angeles, New York and New Jersey, Rotterdam, Valencia, Vancouver and Yokohama, the port of Barcelona reported on Tuesday.
"It will be an honor to host the next WPCAP summit next year in Barcelona and to be able to continue working together, sharing experiences and aligning projects to decarbonise maritime transport", highlighted Santiago Garcia-Milà, Deputy Director General of Innovation and Business Strategy at Barcelona's port.
This international initiative, born in 2018 and of which the port of Barcelona is a founding member, is held annually. The last summit, held in May, focused on the deployment of Onshore Power Supply (OPS) electrification systems and the transition of maritime transport towards more environmentally friendly fuels. Port sources highlight that the port of Barcelona will be the second European port of the WPCAP that will have an OPS for large container ships once the one being built at the Best terminal is active.