PECS had their kickoff in Southampton
On January 19, the Ports Energy and Carbon Savings (PECS) held an opening conference in Southampton, England. PECS is an international cooperation project in the Interreg 2Seas Programme.
Similar to DUAL Ports, the PECS project focuses on the reduction of carbon in ports and marinas, while also considering cost efficiency.
Our lead partner, the Port of Oostende, is lead partner of PECS, and participated in the opening conference. The DUAL Ports project was presented at the conference, focusing on the example of low carbon ports in the North Sea and the cost-benefit tool developed by HWWI.
The similarity of the two projects opens up further possibilities for transnational cooperation and knowledge sharing between the partners.
The overall objective of the PECS project is developing, testing and validating various methods, tools and concepts and realising and demonstrating proven and innovative applications for energy efficiency, specific coast-related renewable energy sources and energy storage in such a way that small and medium-sized ports will adopt and use these technologies much more, will start-up energy-cooperations with all local stakeholders (in and outside ports) and are able to reduce their carbon emissions significantly.
Interreg 2 Seas is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme covering England, France, the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders).
The Programme is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and has a total of €241m ERDF to co-finance projects in the 2014 – 2020 period.
Read more about PECS at their website, www.pecs2seas.eu