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VTT: programme aimed at making port carbon-neutral found to be reliable

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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland audited the Carbon-Neutral Port 2035 programme of the Port of Helsinki and deemed it to be well-grounded, truthful and feasible overall. The aspects that were mentioned as strengths included the programme’s level of detail, transparency and updatability.

The Port of Helsinki aims to make its operations 100% carbon-neutral by 2035. Energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy are central in these efforts. The measures in the Carbon-Neutral Port 2035 programme are estimated to reduce port area emissions by 32% compared to 2015, and it is estimated that Port of Helsinki Ltd will become 100% carbon-neutral by 2035.

In order to obtain an independent opinion on the programme, the assumptions used in it and the programme’s potential outcomes, the port commissioned an assessment of the programme from an independent body. VTT was chosen as the auditor. Its experts assessed the programme in light of points of reference found in research literature and comparable general development. The rateability and reliability of the programme were reviewed on a qualitative scale.

According to the audit, the programme is truthful and feasible overall.

“VTT’s audit strengthened our own notion of the necessity and benefits of the investments,” said Andreas Slotte, Head of Sustainable Development at the Port of Helsinki.

“Next, we will update the programme based on the results of the audit: for example, we will describe the CO2 limit in more detail and highlight the impacts of weather on heating and electricity consumption better. The updated programme will provide a good basis for continuing the joint efforts of the operators across the port area towards carbon-neutrality."

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