Baltic Ports Organization (BPO) recently joined the community of over 260 firms and over 30 national associations that comprise Hydrogen Europe’s membership pool.
The European Commission (EC) announced its hydrogen policy last year. Hydrogen development as an alternative fuel and energy source is a critical priority on the way to fulfilling the European Green Deal’s and Europe’s clean energy transition targets.
“Hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuels have been recognised as one of the main pathways to help decarbonise not only the European but also the global maritime sector. Ports have a leading role in this transition, acting as hubs and valleys for clean hydrogen demand and key points for supply chains of various industries and transport applications. This is keenly recognised by the European Union through, for instance, the inclusion of the maritime sector in the revision of the EU Emissions Trading System, the need to introduce cleaner fuels in maritime transport through the upcoming FuelEU Maritime proposal, and as part of many other initiatives included in the upcoming Fit for 55 package.
Hydrogen Europe welcomes aboard our new member Baltic Ports Organization and we look forward to a close and fruitful collaboration.” – Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary General, Hydrogen Europe.
“Ten years ago the BPO has initiated multi-port projects aiming at the development of infrastructure for LNG bunkering. Through this unique regional approach, LNG can be now bunkered at almost any port in the Baltic. As maritime transport enters a new decarbonization era, the Baltic ports should be a part of the hydrogen initiative, especially since our Members have much experience gathered while developing LNG bunkering infrastructure. Therefore, joining Hydrogen Europe is the perfect opportunity for us not only to learn but also share our experience.” – Bogdan Ołdakowski, Secretary General, BPO