The ‘Blue Breakfast’ of the Barcelona Clúster Naútico proposes good practices to decarbonise ports

The headquarters of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce has hosted the celebration of the third blue breakfast of the Barcelona Clúster Náutico. In this session, moderated again by the journalist Cristina Herranz, three examples of good practice proposals to promote the decarbonisation of ports and nautical marinas have been presented. In addition, reflection has been made on the use of alternative materials and means in the combustion of fossils, such as the generation of energy through photovoltaic panels or the use of gas.

During the day, three partners of the Cluster of Efficient Energy of Catalonia (CEE) participated: Km0.Energy, Primagas and Wibeee. The session began with a welcome from Eugeni Figa, vice president of Acpet, a member of the Barcelona Clúster Náutico, and Francesc Ribera, manager of the CEE. Eugeni Figa has pointed out that we must advance in the challenge of sustainability so that society does not see the nautical sector as a sector that only pollutes. At the same time, Francesc Ribera has defined the CEE as “an organization that brings together a value chain around the energy transition, where decarbonisation is the objective”.

On behalf of the speakers, Santi Martínez, CEO of Km0Energy, explained the importance of monitoring energy consumption and applying renewable energies such as photovoltaic panels, easy-to-use structures and installation in ports. Júlia Martínez, from the company Primagas, has put on the table the example of the port of Cádiz, where they have installed a gas station for recharging energy. She has also highlighted the growing use of biopropane as an alternative and complementary energy source to other renewable energies.

Monitor energy consumption

Finally, Jordi Martínez, from the company Wibeee, has described the different options proposed by his company to monitor energy consumption. He has reflected on the importance of controlling the energy consumption of ships according to their use and how this can help us to consume responsibly and efficiently on the high seas and in ports. After an enriching debate with the audience, the Barcelona Clúster Náutico has taken up the challenge of working for an efficient and sustainable pilot port model that serves as an example to be replicated throughout the country.