"Sustainable ports", Trieste leading the European project
TRIESTE - The port of Trieste will once again lead a European environmental project: Susport, i.e. "SUSTAINABLE PORTS". Recently approved by the Interreg Italy-Croatia Cross-Border Cooperation Programme, such initiative has a budget of about 7 million euros – 753,000 of which in favor of the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea – and a duration of 34 months.
Susport's main objective is to improve the environmental performance and energy efficiency of the Adriatic ports involved, by carrying out pilot actions in different fields such as noise, air quality and CO2 emissions. Susport is the only strategic project in the field of maritime freight transport approved by the Programme. It involves all the Italian Port Network Authorities of the Adriatic coast (Trieste, Venice, Ravenna, Ancona, Bari, Porto Nogaro), the main Croatian ports (Rijeka, Zadar, Split, Ploče, Dubrovnik), research bodies and promotion agencies of both countries. The port of Trieste will conduct further researches on the carbon footprint for the reference port network including Monfalcone. They will also replace the lighting systems on the public areas of the port with LED systems, and buy an electric car, in synergy with the activities that the Institution is already carrying out in the same areas, thanks to other European projects.
With Susport, the number of environmental projects carried out by the Trieste Port Network Authority rises to 7, with an overall environmental investment of about 6.4 million euros, and European funding on the sector of around 5.6 million euros. «Environmental protection is becoming increasingly strategic for ports» said the President of the Network Authority, Zeno D'Agostino. «It is also thanks to European projects that ports are showing good cooperation among different countries». Looking at the total number of European projects carried out by the Port of Trieste, the overall budget is 129 million euros, 33 million of which are covered by EU funding. 21 projects are currently underway in a variety of sectors: in addition to the seven environmental ones, nine are on infrastructure and ICT, four on physical infrastructure (including the TriesteRailPort project on the enhancement of Campo Marzio), and one on cultural heritage preservation.