The carbon footprint of the Port’s own operations

Indicator: proportion carbon-neutral energy makes up of total energy use

The Port of Helsinki’s goal is to become carbon-neutral in terms of its own emissions by 2035. The majority of the Port’s own emissions are caused by heating of properties and field lighting.

The Port is moving towards carbon neutrality by improving its energy efficiency, switching to LED lighting, streamlining heat recycling and recovery, improving premises’ resource efficiency, increasing the retention of solar power by the Port and utilising sea water more efficiently in cooling and heating.

  • The Port’s total energy consumption in 2020 was 23,700 MWh, of which carbon-free energy accounted for 68%. Less than 1,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions were generated, which is a decrease of 64% compared to 2019.
  • The Port of Helsinki switched to completely carbon-free electricity in 2020, which was its most significant measure to reduce emissions.

Other measures to reduce emissions from the Port’s operations were the following:

  • The extensive transition of Vuosaari Harbour field lighting to LED lights was approved.
  • Installation of solar panels at Vuosaari Harbour and West Terminal. Read more about solar energy installations in Port’s website.
  • The energy efficiency of the Port’s head office was improved in connection with its renovation.

The impact of the measures will begin to show more clearly in the reduction of emissions from 2021 onwards.