The Port of Kochi’s green initiatives are making steady progress

Whilst the Cochin Port Authority (CPA) commissioned a 100kWp ground mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) project with an investment of 58 lakh and a 150kWp rooftop solar PV project at a cost of £99 as part of the agency’s initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, lakh will implement a number of other projects as part of a nationwide effort to green ports and operations.

Proposals at the port include a 1.5 MWp (megawatt peak) grid-connected floating solar PV project in the backwaters near the harbor promenade with an investment of over £6.6 million as part of the Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO ) model. The project is awaiting approval from the Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission.

The Port Authority has also submitted bids for the construction of 6 MVA (Mega Volt Ampere) shore power systems for queues 8 and 9 to supply international cruise ships at a cost of ₹22.34 crore. Tenders are expected to open later this month. The project is implemented with a grant from the Ministry of Shipping as part of the SagarMala project.

In addition, the Port is setting up a 350kWp grid-connected rooftop solar PV project in waterfront neighborhoods and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) buildings at a cost of ₹1.57 crore. Bids for the works are expected to be made once consultants have been appointed to the initiative.

It is estimated that port activities and the entire maritime sector, excluding military operations, account for 1% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector. The ministry has unveiled a range of measures including greening port lands with plantations, developing energy sources such as solar power, windmills and floating panels, and introducing green policies, including in research areas.

The fight against harmful emissions in the port sector is being fought on several fronts, including energy management, the development of new energy sources, emissions management through the introduction of alternative sources and the introduction of new technologies.

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