PortXchange Products B.V., the Netherlands-based digital solutions provider for predictable and sustainable shipping, is pleased to announce the launch of PortXchange EmissionInsider, with the Port of Rotterdam acting as the launching customer. PortXchange EmissionInsider is a digital solution to support ports in achieving their decarbonization targets from all transport-related emissions and was created in collaboration with BigMile, a Netherlands-based calculation and analysis company offering solutions to optimize and report on multimodal transport-related carbon emissions.
As Europe’s largest seaport, the Port of Rotterdam plays a pivotal role in the decarbonization agenda of the industry at a local, regional and international level. However, the port has experienced challenges and limitations when quantifying emissions and prioritizing decarbonization strategies with untapped potential. To drive its decarbonization efforts and strategies using accurate data, the Port of Rotterdam led the project with BigMile and PortXchange. BigMile is the standard in CO2 footprint calculation for supply chain, logistics and mobility to identify transport-related emissions in the port.
Thanks to this collaboration, the Port of Rotterdam was able to identify all transport-related (sea-going vessels, barges, trucks, and rail) emissions in the port, as well as emissions from the sea passage towards Rotterdam and the emissions from transportation to the hinterland, by rail, barge or truck. Following the announcement of the two parties to bring the emission-tracking solution to other ports, the project evolved into PortXchange EmissionInsider.
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The combined strategic vision, the extensive expertise of PortXchange in port call optimization, and BigMile’s leading position in the market and powerful technology to calculate emissions have resulted in a successful collaboration, with the Port of Rotterdam being the launching customer. With the launch of PortXchange EmissionInsider, the aim is to provide a digital platform that supports the Port of Rotterdam in its ambition to improve its emissions-tracking practices and use reliable realtime data to analyze its carbon footprint. Consequently, the port can make better decisions on emissions reduction strategies, standardize reporting and support the port community and its customers to achieve their decarbonization goals.
Douwe van der Stroom, Business Manager, Energy Transition & Digitalisation at Port of Rotterdam, said: “The PortXchange EmissionInsider helps us to visualize emissions from all transport modalities – sea-going vessels, barges, trucks and rail. Equipped with this data, we can pinpoint the emission sources and develop a targeted approach to lower them.”
Sjoerd de Jager, Managing Director at PortXchange, said: “With the launch of PortXchange EmissionInsider with the Port of Rotterdam, we achieved an important milestone in enabling ports to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Based on the Rotterdam experience, we now are able to offer the functionality to other ports as well and keep supporting the industry in its effort to decarbonize.”
Jan Pronk, Managing Director at BigMile, said: “We are very proud that the knowledge gained from this project with Port of Rotterdam will be opened up and has led to a brand-new software solution available for other ports worldwide. With PortXchange we have found a new integration partner with specialized knowledge in this specific sector.”
Accelerating the decarbonization pathway with compliant technology
Measuring transport-related emissions presents an additional layer of complexity as ports need to work collaboratively with other key decision-makers in the port to standardize and implement carbon measurement and tracking practices. Through implementing PortXchange EmissionInsider, the Port of Rotterdam enables its port community and customers to work together toward achieving net-zero carbon targets.
Van der Stroom added: “We are also very excited that PortXchange will offer PortXchange EmissionInsider to other ports. Carbon emissions don’t stop at the border and we need to work with other Port Authorities on decarbonizing the shipping industry.”
PortXchange and BigMile are working together to expand PortXchange EmissionInsider to other ports worldwide to create similar benefits and support them in driving their decarbonization goals.