Amsterdam passenger terminal goes green

Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. Credit: PTA.

The Passenger Terminal at Amsterdam port (PTA) will soon be using green electricity to supplement energy currently produced by the nearby Ruigoord windfarm in Afrikahaven.

To ensure a continuous power supply, in periods where insufficient energy is generated by the windfarm, PTA will switch over to a power supply from bio-wasteproduced by the waste incineration plant Afval Energiebedrijf Amsterdam (AEB).

The long-term goal is to supply locally produced green electricity for use in port. Presently, the PTA building’s heating and cooling systems are being run on thermal energy.

Dick de Graaff, director at the PTA commented, “by coordinating supply and demand for sustainable energy locally, we will ensure a lower energy bill and make the port more environmentally friendly.”

In addition, from 2022 onwards, de Graaff has stated that clean energy cruise ships calling at the PTA will be rewarded with preferential port dues.

The Ruigoord windfarm is jointly owned by the Port of Amsterdam and Eneco, AEB together with Senafel port services supply the shore power connections to the port as well as river cruise vessels calling at the port.