The environmental impacts of own operations are constantly monitored and the same is also required from the partners and subcontractors. The Port will note the views of different stakeholders in the development of the environmental issues and co-operates with both national and international organisations.
The important thing in environmental work is to co-operate with other parties. Together we will achieve significant results for our clean environment.
Our long-term work for the environment has yielded results. Emissions into air caused by port operations decreased by 16 per cent in proportion to the tonnage transported from 2011–2018. Energy-efficiency has also improved, as electricity consumption decreased by as much as 24 per cent over the same period. Our currently valid environmental programme aims at improving those figures further and securing the well-being of the maritime environment. The latter involves our decision to stop disposal of dredging masses in the sea.
Port’s goal is, as part of the city of Turku, to participate in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Port’s environmental program works in the same direction according to the city’s climate plan; the goal is a carbon-neutral Turku. As part of Port’s environmental work, Port will switch to electric cars in daily operations where possible. The first electric cars arrived at the port in February 2022. All passenger cars of the Port will be converted to electric ones by the end of 2023, with vans to follow as more options become available.
We also promote the goals of our environmental work by participating in many co-operation projects that take the environmental aspects into account.
We are also involved in the Baltic Sea Challenge initiated by the cities of Helsinki and Turku. Started eleven years ago, the Baltic Sea Challenge continues with a new five-year period and an updated operational programme for 2019–2023. The Port of Turku’s measures during the new period include e.g. further development of waste management of passenger vessels and promotion of the climate plan for carbon-neutral port operations.