In order to fight climate change and adapt to the context of scarce fossil resources, commitments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been made at global, European and national levels.
As part of its environmental policy, HAROPA - Port of Rouen has been working for several years to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.
In this context, in 2012, a first assessment of the greenhouse gas emissions of the Port of Rouen was carried out using the so-called Bilan Carbone® (carbon assessment) method. Its main objective is to have a complete overview of the emissions related to its activities, which are mainly due to dredging activities and the use of nautical equipment, energy consumption for administrative and port buildings and staff travel.
The results of this assessment were followed by an action plan to reduce emissions in the short and medium term, according to the main emitting items. The main actions planned since 2013 include an energy audit of administrative buildings, the implementation of a Corporate Travel Plan, eco-driving training courses and the purchase of an electric vehicle.
The Carbon Assessment and Action Plan are reviewed every three years and are currently being updated.
The main actions currently planned are as follows:
- the energy renovation of administrative buildings through implementation of a multi-year renovation programme planned over 10 years, which should lead to a 40.9% reduction in energy consumption and a 56.7% reduction in GHG emissions from buildings;
- elaboration of a multi-year programme for the modernization of public lighting in coordination with the services of the Rouen Normandy Metropolitan Area to harmonize the lighting of public space between the port area and that of neighbouring municipalities with a view to reducing energy consumption;
- the movement of staff towards sustainable mobility through implementation of the action plan resulting from the Corporate Travel Plan initiated in 2014 with the objective of optimizing and improving journeys generated by the Port (bicycles, carpooling, public transport, management of the service fleet, work organization, events…);
- vehicle fleet management through implementation of a provisional programme for future acquisitions of electric vehicles to gradually replace the current fleet (50%);
- participation in the research and development project to assess the environmental impact of the reengining of the dredger Samuel Champlain to liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the Seine estuary, and in particular to evaluate the possible conversion of the entire dredging fleet.