Swedish electrification body gains marine representative

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The Swedish government’s newly established Electrification Commission, set up to investigate measures to speed up electrification in the transportation sector, will include a representative from the marine sector: Elvir Dzanic of the Gothenburg Port Authority (pictured).

“I’m really looking forward to contributing to electrification of the transport sector in Sweden,” commented Dzanic on his inclusion on the commission. “From the Port of Gothenburg’s point of view, we already have ideas and ready-to-implement proposals that I will bring with me and incorporate into the work of the Commission. We will be up and running from the outset.”

The Port of Gothenburg has adopted the same goal as the Swedish government – to achieve a 70% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 – and states that it is working on several fronts to realize this ambition. Although the terminal operators have already succeeded in significantly reducing emissions, it says a great deal remains to be done with regard to sea and road transportation to and from the port.

At sea, the port is creating incentives and conditions to bring about a green transition. On the local level, expansion of shoreside power for ships at berth is an important component, and the port also offers port tariff discounts to vessels that have made environmentally smart choices.

“Cooperation across the whole spectrum is vital. Politicians, users and suppliers must work together if we are to accelerate the shift that is already taking place in the shipping sector. The Commission offers an excellent mix of representatives from different sectors, and working in partnership they will make a significant difference,” added Dzanic.

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