Europe’s efforts to transition towards a climate neutral continent goes hand in hand with the fostering of circular economy. Port clusters are ideal places to implement circular economy strategies as they serve as 'matchmaker' and crossing-point for all kinds of waste and industrial flows and act as logistics hubs for the import and export of waste materials.
The Circular Economy Network of Ports (LOOP-Ports) is an EU funded project that focused on stimulating circular economy activities in European ports. From October 2018 to November 2020, and with a value of 930,000€, this project strived for transforming the current system to a new climate friendly paradigm by focusing on various port activities and high emitting materials. The project activities focused on building knowledge, experiences, and best practices, while providing policy recommendations, business models, training and new business opportunities to the port clusters and port stakeholders.
Among other activities, NTU led the task on the identification of the highest emitting activities in ports environment and engaged with various port stakeholders through several workshops on a local, national and European level.
In the process of mapping of circular economy initiatives, specific case studies were selected based on their relevance to the port sector and their replicability. NTU conducted two case studies: Circular sourcing for cement production at Aalborg Portland and Circular Decommissioning of ships and rigs at Port of Frederikshavn. NTU analysed the flows of materials, the toll on the environment, and the implemented circular economy strategies for their valorisation. The global trends and the legislative framework were also considered to put in context the current situation. These case studies will serve as inspiration for other ports with similar environments.
As part of knowledge building, NTU organized two pilot training with port authorities. The training focused on building an understanding of the local potential for Circular Economy as well as provision of good practices of implementation of Circular Economy initiatives.