Simulation-based evaluation of measures for the improvement of energy sustainability in port operations

Detailed project description

Funding: Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)

Coordination: Hamburg Port Consulting (HPC)

Associated project partners:

  • HHLA Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG
  • Vattenfall Energy Trading GmbH


The abatement of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to slow global climate change requires efforts in all branches of the economy, including the operation of ports and port terminals. Regulatory requirements, as well as those from other stakeholders, result in a steadily increasing demand for concepts for sustainable port operation.
In the course of the SustEnergyPort (Simulation-based evaluation of measures for the improvement of energy sustainability in port operations) project, a structured, model-based methodology will be developed to identify suitable measures that port operators can use to improve their energy efficiency and their usage of renewable energy. Therefore, the project helps to reconcile economic and ecological aims in port operation.

In a first step, a catalogue of potentially applicable measures for diverse types of port terminals is compiled and pre-evaluated. These measures include operational ones as well as measures relating to the use of equipment and resources and measures in the realm of employee behavior. In the course of a case study in the port of Hamburg, a selection of promising measures for the abatement of CO2 emissions will subsequently be implemented in a simulation tool covering both logistic and energetic aspects as well as a life cycle assessment. In this context, the marketing of flexible electricity demand on energy markets will be investigated as well. A common economic and ecological assessment of the investigated measures will be made with methods of multi-criteria decision making. On the basis of this assessment, a roadmap towards a more profitable and ecologically sound port operation will be developed.
For the successful realization of these aims, the Chair of Production and Logistics cooperates with the port and transport consulting firm HPC Hamburg Port Consulting. Two associate project partners, Europe's third largest terminal operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG and Vattenfall Energy Trading GmbH, are supplying expert advice.