The influence of ports as key central nodes of local and territorial development is definitive. Moreover, Port Authorities, in their role of managers of Port Communities must lead the evolution of SMEs at ports towards new business and management models based on sustainability from the social, environmental and economical perspectives. In this manner, Mediterranean Port Authorities must promote initiatives aligned with the reduction of energy resources and the improvement of energy efficiency in order to surpass technological barriers at port-city areas. GREENBERTH aims to enhance these actions focused on the key processes involved at ports which include vessels and berth operations, which produce important impacts in the MED area regions.
The geographic framework of the project covers a wide range of Mediterranean countries such as Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Greece, thus covering the whole Mediterranean area and involving some of the most relevant port infrastructures of each participant country. The geographic coverage of the project starts from Cadiz, the Spanish western point where the Mediterranean Sea joins the Atlantic Ocean.
GREENBERTH aims to encourage the port operators to integrate SMEs in their strategic business development.
The project aims to study in detail the improvement opportunities of energy efficiency and the use of technologies based on environmental-friendly energies to be implemented through the exchange of best practices and experiences of six reference Mediterranean ports.
Port Authorities have a great influence over the companies which integrate the so called Port Communities and these entities need to continuously improve their processes and technologies to adapt their business models to the realities of the internal and external market. For this reason, GREENBERTH proposes the participation of several agents in order to define strategic plans among port-logistic operators and energy efficiency SMEs.
The main lines of this action are following described:
1. Port Authorities as main port managers will coordinate the development towards the improvement of port energy efficiency and the possibility of implementing clean energies, thus evaluating the available technical solutions and the needs of the Port Communities (Components C3 and C4).
2. Port Authorities will promote the development of the SMEs as expert in Energy Port Aspects which will provide solutions to the big port-logistic operators companies, assessing them about the technical and financial feasibility of those solutions.
3. Port Authorities will channel the common participation of SMEs and big port-logistic operators, transferring knowledge and capacities on the management, control and maintenance of the proposed energy efficiency solutions. The aim of this is to generate market niches for the SMEs at Port Communities.
4. Port Authorities and the technological partners will provide support in technical issues and will facilitate the integration of the SMEs within the development plans of big port-logistic operators. SMEs will have direct contact with port-logistic operators during the project through different communication actions (workshops, peer-to-peer meetings, round the table, forums, etc.). These actions will comprise a methodology for the harmonization of the energy needs of big port-logistic operators and the participation of SMEs in their strategies.