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Port of Antwerp Exploring Carbon Capture to Help Fight Climate Change

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May 14, 2018

The Port of Antwerp is looking into the possibility of using carbon capture as one way of helping fight against climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions at Europe’s second busiest port.

Antwerp Port Authority announced it has teamed up with gas infrastructure operator Fluxy’s to explore opportunities for carbon capture, storage and reuse at the port.

“The climate target of getting Belgian CO2 emissions 35% lower by 2030 is a formidable challenge,” the port said in a statement. “In this context Antwerp Port Authority and gas infrastructure operator Fluxys believe strongly that carbon capture, storage and reuse by industry is an important weapon in the fight against climate change. They are therefore teaming up to take further practical steps that will help give shape to the energy transition.”

In the first phase, the port authority and Fluxys will study the feasibility of solutions for capturing CO2 from industry in the port, transporting it by pipeline or ship and finally re-using or storing it.

“If the results of the feasibility study are positive then the aim is to jointly promote practical projects,” port said.

Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Antwerp Port Authority commented:

“Industry in the port of Antwerp is a central engine of the Belgian economy and in the past few years it has put great efforts into becoming more sustainable. When it comes to CO2 emissions, however, a port-wide approach is needed. We are particularly pleased at being able to team up with a partner such as Fluxys to make our port platform and its many industrial players ready for a low-carbon future.”

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